Ted Talk Friday: Self-Compassion

This might be my favorite Ted Talk of all time. When I watched this talk, it literally brought tears to my eyes. I think the concept of self-compassion is not always taken seriously–people think it is a light hearted idea not based in science. Self-compassion is so much deeper than being easy on yourself; it is a mindset of forgiveness and self-love. It is completely life-changing. It has really changed the way I treat myself in times of stress or failure. If you like this talk, I highly recommend you read Kristin Neff’s book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself to learn more.

“The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion” by Kristin Neff


Do you practice self-compassion? Do you treat yourself like you would treat a close friend?

5 thoughts on “Ted Talk Friday: Self-Compassion

  1. That was a fascinating talk! So much food for thought there. She makes great points about how the quest for self-esteem in this country has spawned a great deal of narcissism. Thanks for sharing that,

  2. Self-love, self-compassion is really important. If we don’t love ourselves, we are unable to give it to others unselfishly. In fact, most people subconsciously don’t love themselves. To find out, we do a muscle test. When we say something our subconscious does not believe it, we become momentarily weaker. So when we say ‘I love myself’ and do the test, we are weaker. I failed it too. I’m in the process to trying to change that.

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