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J Clin Psychol. 2013 Aug;69(8):856-67. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22021. Epub 2013 Jun 17.

Self-compassion in clinical practice.

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Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, MA, USA. ckgermer@gmail.com

Abstract

Self-compassion is conceptualized as containing 3 core components: self-kindness versus self-judgment, common humanity versus isolation, and mindfulness versus overidentification, when relating to painful experiences. Research evidence demonstrates that self-compassion is related to psychological flourishing and reduced psychopathology. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week training program, meeting 2.5 hours each week, designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion. MSC contains a variety of meditations (e.g., loving-kindness, affectionate breathing) as well as informal practices for use in daily life (e.g., soothing touch, self-compassionate letter writing). A detailed clinical case illustrates the journey of a client through the 8 weeks of MSC training, describing the key features of each session and the client's response.

KEYWORDS:

compassion; difficult emotions; meditation; mindfulness; psychotherapy; self-compassion

PMID:
23775511
DOI:
10.1002/jclp.22021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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