From leading psychologist Dr. Kristin Neff comes a step-by-step guide explaining how to be more self-compassionate and achieve your dreams in life.
The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion - and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are. And even when we do manage to grab hold of high self-esteem for a brief moment, we can't seem to keep it. Our sense of self-worth goes up and down like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lockstep with our latest success or failure.
Fortunately, there is an alternative to self-esteem that many experts believe is a better and more effective path to happiness: self-compassion. The research of Dr. Kristin Neff and other leading psychologists indicates that people who are compassionate toward their failings and imperfections experience greater well-being than those who repeatedly judge themselves. The feelings of security and self-worth provided by self-compassion are also highly stable, kicking in precisely when self-esteem falls down. This book powerfully demonstrates why it's so important to be self-compassionate and give yourself the same caring support you'd give to a good friend.
This groundbreaking work will show you how to let go of debilitating self-criticism and finally learn to be kind to yourself. Using solid empirical research, personal stories, practical exercises, and humor, Dr. Neff - the world's foremost expert on self-compassion - explains how to heal destructive emotional patterns so that you can be healthier, happier, and more effective. Engaging, highly listenable, and eminently accessible, this book has the power to change your life.
©2011 Kristin Neff, PhD (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
I thought the content of this book was amazing but the narration was so off putting. Listen to the sample to see what I mean. I want my partner to read this book too, but there's no way I could recommend the audiobook.
I was skeptical about another self-help book, but everything Neff writes about self-criticism and how it can rule our lives without us even being aware of the damage we do to ourselves, makes perfect sense. Some of us just live with the suffering caused by our internal negative dialogue, and it isn't until we become aware of it, that we are able to change. It's not easy, but my change has begun.
The program is great! I read the print book b/c I couldn't stand the reading of this book. The reader uses NO intonation which makes it very dull to listen to. But, the book, and the CD Course are great!
Kristin Neff is really good.
reader use more intonation so it is easier to listen to
loving-kindness and self-compassion and meditation
not a lot
needed a "wow, i did not know that" factor
very pleasing narrative
remined me not to be so critical of myself
I would try another book from Kristin Neff if the narrator was not so breathy. Simply because this is a book about self-compassion does not mean that it needs to be read softly. Just read the book. I have heard Kristin Neff speak many times and she speaks normally, not overly soft and tender, and not like she is trying to lull you into sleep.
I would recommend the hard-copy, not the audio.
Perhaps the author. I always prefer it when authors narrate their own books.
The book content was good. The narration drove me to distraction.
I think this is a good read. The one thing I did not like was the feeling of listening to someone use a book as a vehicle to communicate how they feel. If thats the case, write a book exploring yourself and your narrative seperately.
I appreciated that this book led you gently through a relatively simple concept that is sometimes very difficult to understand. I will be following up with the ongoing exercises outlined in the book.
As good a treatment of the subject as exists. I feel Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Tara Bruch have written the definitive works on this subject. The narrator, Xe Sands, is absolutely perfect for the subject matter.
Excellent book. Very eye opening. Easy to follow and understand. And great narrating, too! loved it!
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