About the Author

Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin, and is the author of Self-Compassion (Morrow, 2011). She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1997, and has co-created a program on Mindful Self-Compassion with her...

Self-Compassion Step by Step

The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Kristin Neff

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A Six-Session Training Course for Transforming Your Relationship with Yourself

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Course objectives:

  • Define self-compassion as a practice to increase happiness, optimism, and curiosity in our lives, while decreasing anxiety, depression, and stress.
  • Discuss how self-compassion motivates with love—providing clear vision and nurturance needed to reach our full potential.
  • Discuss how to turn toward our emotions with curiosity, openness, and non-judgement to counter the Default Mode Network.
  • Define empathy, self-esteem, loving kindness, and equanimity as related to compassion for ourselves, our loved ones, and all beings.
  • Practice and utilize guided meditations and experiential exercises in mindfulness meditation, loving kindness, interconnectedness, and working with difficult emotions as a way to embrace our lives and cultivate kindness toward ourselves.

Why does it feel so natural to be compassionate and kind to those we care about—yet so hard to treat ourselves the same way? "Our culture teaches us to use self-criticism for motivation and to build self-esteem by constantly measuring ourselves against everyone else," says Dr. Kristin Neff. "We need to re-learn the essential skill of being genuinely nurturing and supportive toward ourselves." With Self-Compassion Step by Step, this groundbreaking researcher reveals the clinically proven power of self-kindness, with practical training for cultivating an enduring and unshakable sense of your fundamental human worthiness.

Self-Compassion: The Mainstay of Happiness and Well-Being

Over the past decade, an overwhelming body of research has shown self-compassion to be a master key to good psychological and physical health. Whether you wish to reduce stress, develop healthy habits for exercise or diet, unlock your creativity, or even deal with serious conditions such as depression or addiction, a strong sense of self-compassion is an essential ingredient for success. Best of all, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned. Through six sessions of teaching, Dr. Neff offers guided meditations, experiential practices, and on-the-spot techniques to help you build a strong foundation of self-compassion in your daily life.

"We often become our own worst critic because we believe it's necessary to keep ourselves motivated," says Dr. Neff, "but in fact the research shows that healthy self-compassion increases our inner drive, our resilience to setbacks, and our ability to excel at work and in every aspect of life." With Self-Compassion Step by Step, she presents a powerful training course that is both accessible and profoundly transformative—a practical approach for creating a life of greater happiness, fulfillment, and love.


  • Self-kindness—how actively comforting ourselves activates our physiological systems designed for soothing and safety
  • Common humanity-recognizing the imperfect nature of the shared human experience
  • Mindfulness—meeting our moments of suffering with balanced awareness rather than ignoring or exaggerating our pain
  • Why we resist self-compassion—debunking the common myths
  • The clinically-proven benefits of self-compassion in numerous aspects of life
  • The essential difference between competitive self-esteem and true self-compassion
  • The natural progression of self-compassion practice
  • Guided techniques that use visualization, touch, language, and awareness to evoke states of self-compassion, and much more

Product details

Contents 6 CDs (6 hours, 34 minutes)
Date Published May 01, 2013
ISBN-10 1-60407-971-1
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-971-5
Product Codes 3089d, f3089d, af03089d
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Contents Audio download (6 hours, 34 minutes)
Date Published May 01, 2013
ISBN-10 1-60407-971-1
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-971-5
Product Codes 3089w, f3089w, af03089w
CE Credits:
Contents 6.5 CE credits
Date Published May 01, 2013
Product Codes 3953, e3953, ce03953

Customer Reviews

By Michael L
Date Added: Saturday 12 April 2014
Kristin Neff is reliably rich in the skills and resources she has developed and offers in this work as well as varied and expansive in the offerings she makes available. With a vast selection of tools and skills from which to develop and practice self-compassion, I have found many valuable and useful suggestions I have incorporated into my own practice.
By Maria O
Date Added: Saturday 5 April 2014
Im working my way through this very thoroughly. Im on my second time through it's proving extremely helpful, particularly in dealing with painful emotions. Due to previous injuries I usually listen lying down rather than sitting as I can only sit for limited periods. Duento this, I find I'm going over the sessions following the guided meditations a few times as the latter are very effective at putting me in a trance. Between that and the improved management of emotions I am noticeably better in both physical and mental health. I thought this would be helpful; now I believe it could prove life-changing. Childhood abuse has left scars; this is providing a means of healing from within. Thank you.
By barbara d
Date Added: Tuesday 4 February 2014
Very enlightening information on practicing self-care...love it
Date Added: Tuesday 1 October 2013
Excellent program on a subject that is at the heart of any healing journey. I really valued seeing the relationship between perfectionism and self-criticism and how self-compassion and kindness are the processes that lead toward gently accepting ourselves as we are, in all our humanness. It is from acceptance, at that level, that we grow as spiritual beings.
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