(scheduled for publication in the August 2018, by Guilford Press)
Are you a lot kinder to others than you are to yourself? Do you struggle with accepting and supporting yourself? Could you use more self-compassion? If so, this workbook is for you. Research shows that self-compassion is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to create health and happiness. Self-compassion motivates us to achieve our goals, cope with adversity, take responsibility for our actions, and care for others in a sustainable way. In 2010 Kristin Neff – the world’s leading expert on self-compassion – teamed up with clinical psychologist Chris Germer – a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy – to create the empirically supported eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. Since that time MSC has helped tens of thousands of people around the globe. Studies show that MSC leads to long-term gains in emotional and physical wellbeing. Written in an easy-to-read format, this book contains most of the exercises and practices from MSC, plus several bonus practices. You can use this book while taking an MSC course or under the guidance of a therapist, but it is primarily designed to help you learn self-compassion on your own. The seeds of self-compassion already lie within in you—this workbook will help you uncover this inner resource and transform your life.