Chris Germer and Kristin Neff present an “Eight-Week Training Program to Bring Kindness and Inner Strength to Any Moment of Your Life” from Oct 16 – Dec 4, 2017.
“In a nutshell, self-compassion is treating ourselves with the same kindness, care, and understanding that we would offer to others when they suffer, fail, or feel inadequate.”
Kristin Neff – from longer video: Why Self-Compassion Is Important –
Self-compassion researcher, teacher and author Kristin Neff, PhD notes in the longer video that the ‘typical way’ of motivating ourselves is harsh self-criticism, but research shows this leads to a fear of failure, performance anxiety and other problems that can hold us back.
Dr. Neff says,
“We know through the research that when we’re very hard on ourselves when we make a mistake, or fail in some way, we start becoming afraid of failure, and we start developing performance anxiety.
“We don’t do as well so we fail more often, we start losing confidence in ourselves and therefore we’re more likely just to give up.”
In another video titled “You Are Worthy of Self-Compassion,” Chris Germer talks about his experiences with public speaking anxiety and self-compassion:
These brief clips are from a free video series with Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, related to their course The Power of Self-Compassion.
Sign up for the free Discover the Power of Self-Compassion video series.
About the course teachers:
Chris Germer, PhD, is “a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, he is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and a cofounder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance.
“Chris teaches programs internationally about mindfulness and compassion, and maintains a small psychotherapy practice in Arlington, Massachusetts.
He is author of books including The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions.
Kristin Neff, PhD, is “an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. A true pioneer in the field, over a decade ago she first identified self-compassion as a measurable trait, and now there are over a thousand published studies on the benefits of self-compassion.
“Kristin is a cofounder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and gives talks and teaches workshops on self-compassion worldwide.”
Her titles include
From the course site:
WELCOME FROM KRISTIN NEFF & CHRIS GERMER
Have you ever marveled at how some people manage to bounce right back from challenges in their lives, keep an optimistic attitude, motivate themselves to achieve lofty goals, and stay healthy and happy?
Chances are, there’s a secret ingredient in their lives: self-compassion.
What, exactly, is it?
In a nutshell, self-compassion is treating ourselves with the same kindness, care, and understanding that we would offer to others when they suffer, fail, or feel inadequate.
Hundreds of studies are pointing to self-compassion as one of the most powerful resources for enhancing your emotional well-being. And while we all have this capacity within us, too often we neglect to strengthen and use it when we’re struggling.
Many first-time participants in our course are actually wary about being compassionate to themselves.
Why? Because we fear that being too kind to ourselves will make us weak or self-indulgent.
Or that we need to be “tough” on ourselves to stay motivated and reach our goals.
In fact, research shows it’s just the opposite:
Self-compassion turns out to be much more effective than self-criticism—for your success at work, health, personal relationships, and fulfillment of your aspirations.
Two of the course sessions:
Learn more and sign up for the online course by Sounds True starting October 16, 2017: