Self-Compassion Research

Self-Compassion Research2018-10-23T12:28:48+00:00

Mindful Self-Compassion is an evidence-based practice.

Dr. Christopher Germer

“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.”

Dr. Christopher Germer
Kristen Neff, PhD

“A growing body of research literature is demonstrating conclusively that self-compassion is not only central to mental health, but can be enriched through learning and practice, just like so many other good habits.  Therapists have known for a long time that being kind to ourselves isn’t – as is too often believed – a selfish luxury, but the exercise of a gift that makes us happier.  Now finally, science is proving the point.”

Kristen Neff, PhD
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

“The primary obstacle to treating ourselves more kindly is the fact that most of us are addicted to self-criticism. Who among us hasn’t had the experience of learning to be judgmental of ourselves as a teenager, when we’re so worried about how we’re going to appear to others?”

Richard Schwartz, PhD

Kristen Neff, Ph.D. is a professor of educational psychology at UT Austin
and author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.  In conjunction with Dr. Christopher Germer, she’s developed the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, which is where Denette Mann did her training to become a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Dr. Christopher Germer is author of the book “The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions” (2009).

Richard Schwartz, PhD is director of the Center for Self Leadership and the originator of the IFS model.
 He’s on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy.

Teens benefit from Mindful Self-Compassion:

(click on research articles)

Hear teens talk about how MSC benefits their life.