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Self-Compassion Step by Step: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself | [Kristin Neff]

Self-Compassion Step by Step: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Why does it feel so natural to be compassionate and kind to those we care about - yet so hard to treat ourselves the same way? "Our culture teaches us to use self-criticism for motivation and to build self-esteem by constantly measuring ourselves against everyone else," says Dr. Kristin Neff. "We need to re-learn the essential skill of being genuinely nurturing and supportive toward ourselves."
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Publisher's Summary

A six-session training course for transforming your relationship with yourself.

Why does it feel so natural to be compassionate and kind to those we care about - yet so hard to treat ourselves the same way? "Our culture teaches us to use self-criticism for motivation and to build self-esteem by constantly measuring ourselves against everyone else," says Dr. Kristin Neff. "We need to re-learn the essential skill of being genuinely nurturing and supportive toward ourselves." With Self-Compassion Step by Step, this groundbreaking researcher reveals the clinically proven power of self-kindness, with practical training for cultivating an enduring and unshakable sense of your fundamental human worthiness.

Over the past decade, an overwhelming body of research has shown self-compassion to be a master key to good psychological and physical health. Whether you wish to reduce stress, develop healthy habits for exercise or diet, unlock your creativity, or even deal with serious conditions such as depression or addiction, a strong sense of self-compassion is an essential ingredient for success. Best of all, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned. Through six sessions of teaching, Dr. Neff offers guided meditations, experiential practices, and on-the-spot techniques to help you build a strong foundation of self-compassion in your daily life.

"We often become our own worst critic because we believe it's necessary to keep ourselves motivated," says Dr. Neff, "but in fact the research shows that healthy self-compassion increases our inner drive, our resilience to setbacks, and our ability to excel at work and in every aspect of life."

With Self-Compassion Step by Step, she presents a powerful training course that is both accessible and profoundly transformative - a practical approach for creating a life of greater happiness, fulfillment, and love.

©2013 Kristin Neff (P)2013 Kristin Neff

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    Mrs. S. F. Di Milo Southern Uk 02-21-14
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    "The concept is great but I lost heart"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Once again it would be better if this was divided up into chapters, (surely this is easy to do?) I think this has ruined yet another potential book for me and I am beginning to lose heart in purchasing from audible because of it. (If I buy on CD for example it is laid out in chapters).


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    At the heart of this book is a great message, the reader comes across as really knowing her stuff and she carries it well. I like the meditations, (which is why I chose the audible version rather than the book).


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kristin Neff?

    She has a nice soft voice but after a while I found her voice seemed to go up and down in a irritating way.


    Any additional comments?

    Please audible give us chapters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Schneider Beantown, Massachusetts USA 12-08-13
    Kurt Schneider Beantown, Massachusetts USA 12-08-13

    I am actually Kurt's wife - he gave me this account as a gift, so it is in his name. Audible is awesome!

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    Would you try another book from Kristin Neff and/or Kristin Neff?

    NO


    What could Kristin Neff have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not speak as if she was taking to a kindergarten class. And, take a drink of water every now and then. Nothing is worse than listening to someone speak into a mic that has a dry mouth. Ewww.


    What didn’t you like about Kristin Neff’s performance?

    See above.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Self-Compassion Step by Step?

    The repetitive stories of her autistic kid.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't buy into the "self-compassion" movement. It does make sense that the self-esteem BS we are immersed in now is ruining our future generations. But I do not think that self-pity is the answer.
    Yes, you can feel that you are not alone in your misery, but beyond that, it seems like it is all one big pity party.
    And I listened to the book TWICE to try and get SOMETHING from it.
    As the song says, "my give a damn's busted...Nope, nothing."

    1 of 16 people found this review helpful
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  • JOLANTA
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    "Transformed the way I see myself and the others."
    Where does Self-Compassion Step by Step rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read a lot of self-help books and as a result, I've heard many times, we see in others what we have in ourselves. In other words "you've spot it, you've got it", both for positive and negative traits. But if we reverse the statement, we cannot see what's we don't have and we cannot give it to the others either.

    I was programmed to achieve success, with no time or place for excuses - "if you want to count on somebody, count on yourself" motto used to lead my life. I always though I am compassionate, whenever watching tragic news on TV or hearing my friend's misfortune news I felt sad.

    This book however opened my eyes and made me understand why my relationship with people feel distant and seem to lack affection, as well as why I feel this longing for understanding nobody can give me.

    While listening to the book and doing the exercises I allowed myself to cry and it took a couple of weeks. It felt like my whole sadness surfaced and flooded me like a see. I was drowning. When I finally stopped crying, I had a very good look at myself, my life, the way I approached it, the way I coped with it and I realised how lonely I was all this time, holding to the unshared pain. I understood, all these years I was too pre-occupied searching for ways to fill my emotional hole to be truly concerned by the others.

    Today, thanks to the book and Kristin's research, I understand myself so much better, and with self understanding came self love and self respect. I stopped running and had a look at what is happening around me and decided to do for the others, what I did for myself - to reach out, listen, cheer up, share, appreciate, respect and love.

    I have a feeling that since working with the topic of self-compassion everyone changed around me, but obviously I know better, it was me who changed and the others only mirror my inner world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Self-Compassion Step by Step?

    The exercises, where for the first time I imagined myself, not as 4-5 years old, but as a new born, who resting on mother's chest, innocent, unaware, unprepared and completely dependant on other's people help, had to learn by trial and error, how to cope with all the demands and expectations the society has towards us and also how to deal with every failure.


    Have you listened to any of Kristin Neff’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I listed to the presentation on you tube. I like the fact the author reads out her own book, it gives it an extra value. Although Kristin's voice could be described as whiny at times.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you want to deeply fall in love - go and meet your true self.


    Any additional comments?

    It is 'a must read' for those who work on the self-development and changing their life patterns.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Iwoohoo
    london, United Kingdom
    3/5/14
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    "Very soothing...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Self-Compassion Step by Step to be better than the print version?

    Have to re-listen... I listened to this audible while taking long walks.. so I couldn't do...the exercises.. but I found her voice to be very soothing...


    What other book might you compare Self-Compassion Step by Step to, and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Kristin Neff – was your favourite?

    none


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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    Any additional comments?

    first step to self compassion... :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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