Research on Self-compassion. Kristin Neff, PhD University of Texas at Austin. The Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) Tried to represent the main components of self-compassion in scale. Sample Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) Items
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Kristin Neff, PhD
University of Texas at Austin
Self-Kindness Subscale: I try to be understanding and patient towards those aspects of my personality I don't like.
Self-Judgment Subscale: I’m disapproving and judgmental about my own flaws and inadequacies.
Common Humanity Subscale: I try to see my failings as part of the human condition.
Isolation Subscale: When I fail at something that's important to me, I tend to feel alone in my failure.
Mindfulness Subscale: When I'm feeling down I try to approach my feelings with curiosity and openness.
Over-identified Subscale: When something upsets me I get carried away with my feelings.
Greater: life satisfaction, social connectedness, autonomy, resilient coping, personal growth, reflective and affective wisdom, curiosity and exploration, happiness, optimism
Less: anxiety, depression, self-criticism, neuroticism, rumination, thought suppression, and perfectionism
Populations studied: Ages14 – 83
United States, Netherlands, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey
Research shows that self-compassion is associated with less burnout and compassion fatigue
Self-compassion provides the emotional resources needed to nurture others
By acknowledging how difficult care-giving can be, reduces anger and resentment
By opening our hearts to human imperfection, can accept others as they are