Self-compassion: A closer look at its assessment, correlates and role in psychological wellbeing

Angélica Lopez Angarita


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    Suffering is an inevitable part of life, but the way we deal with it can make the difference.
    Nowadays, mindfulness, a practice rooted in Buddhism, is helping lots of people to bring acceptance into their lives and to experience more fully their present moment. In this way, mindfulness has shown to positively influence the quality of life of many people. Very close to mindfulness, there is another Buddhist rooted practice specially beneficial in times of suffering and distress, it is called self-compassion. While mindfulness teaches us to accept the pain, self-compassion teaches us to accept the person who is in pain, that is, our own self. In this way, self-compassion involves offering kindness, reassurance and understanding to ourselves.
    With this study we sought to expand the knowledge and understanding of self-compassion. Among other things, we found that the more self-compassionate people are, the less depressed they get. This is particularly the case for persons who are generally more distressed and harsh and critical towards themselves. Throughout this study we show why self-compassion is a valuable resource that contributes to resilience and we explore the best way of studying it. This is very important as it allows to gain a more precise idea of the influence and benefits of self-compassion in our lives.
    Originele taal-2English
    KwalificatieDoctor of Philosophy
    Toekennende instantie
    • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
    • Sanderman, Robbert, Supervisor
    • Schroevers, Maya, Co-supervisor
    Datum van toekenning26-okt-2016
    Plaats van publicatie[Groningen]
    Gedrukte ISBN's978-90-367-9067-3
    Elektronische ISBN's978-90-367-9066-6
    StatusPublished - 2016

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