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Our society teaches us that self-compassion is the enemy of productivity; that to be kind to ourselves is to invite complacency. But in fact, the opposite is true, says Dr. Kristin Neff. A pioneer in the field of inner strength training and self-compassion, Dr. Neff conducted the first empirical studies on self-compassion more than twenty years ago and has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in psychology worldwide. In her bestseller Self-Compassion, she shares simple and actionable guides proven to increase motivation, boost resilience, and improve mental health. “We have this superpower in our backpocket, we just don’t know it’s there.” says Dr. Neff. “Self-compassion makes us stronger, more motivated, and less self-indulgent.” When burnout is threatening the happiness, success, and productivity of us all, she shows us why we need self-compassion more than ever.
“A portable friend to all readers―especially but not only women―who need to learn that the Golden Rule works only if it’s reversible: We must learn to treat ourselves as well as we wish to treat others.”— Gloria Steinem
Over two thirds of employees are feeling burnt out working from home due to COVID. There’s the stress of juggling childcare, the loss of routine, the anxiety that more layoffs are just around the corner. Research has shown us again and again that self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of inner strength, and the key to the kind of emotional resilience required for focus, productivity, and mental well-being. It’s a superpower, says Dr. Kristin Neff, hidden in our own back pocket that we don’t even realize is there.
In this talk Dr. Kristin Neff explains the theory behind cultivating inner strength, and provides a set of concrete tools that employees can use to deal with the stress of the pandemic and their jobs, as well as increase motivation and productivity, and prevent burnout.
Our first instinct when we fail, suffer, or feel inadequate may be to criticize or to judge ourselves—but there is a better way to get through life’s hardships, says Dr. Kristin Neff. A way that enables us to achieve our highest potential and lead more contented, fulfilling lives. And that’s through self-compassion.
Some people fear self-compassion is a form of self-pity, and obsessively chase high self-esteem instead—their self-worth fluctuating with every success and failure. But research shows us that people who are self-compassionate lead healthier, happier, more productive lives than those who are self-critical. These people also have the resilience needed to cope with traumatic or stressful life events such as divorce, parenting, pressures at work, or the collective health crises we’re going through now with COVID-19.