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Self-Compassion "More Robust" than Positivity and Self-Esteem Research


NYT - To the Editor:

Many researchers have shifted investigations away from positive thinking toward a much more robust predictor of well-being: self-compassion. Whereas positive thinking and self-esteem efforts rely on evaluative processes and specific outcomes, self-compassion involves treating yourself with genuine kindness and acknowledging your true experience, no matter how painful or positive.Many studies demonstrate that brief interventions to increase self-compassion produce meaningful psychological and neurological changes, and that self-compassion is closely related to mental and physical well-being.

RACHEL GOLDSMITH

New York, Oct. 26, 2014

The writer is a clinical psychologist and adjunct assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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