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Body Acceptance Week 2023- Thursday

Self-Compassion & Body Awareness

What is Self-Compassion?

Think of how you respond to a friend who is suffering in some way. Maybe they just went through a breakup, or they failed an exam. Do you ignore their distress? Do you judge them and point out all the ways they messed up? Of course not. You know they are hurting, and you hurt with them. You respond with kindness and understanding.

Self-compassion is essentially extending that kindness and understanding to yourself. Most of us would never subject those we love to the harsh criticism we reserve for ourselves. Yet we don’t think twice about judging ourselves--what we do, what we say, and how we look. 

 Kristin Neff, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and self-compassion expert explains it like this: