Year 13, Book 54

54. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

Psychologist Kristin Neff talks about how the idea of promoting high self-esteem actually does little for our psychological health. Instead she discusses the idea of self-compassion providing examples of it through many different lenses. There are helpful exercises at the end of the chapters. I found this to be a really useful book. I’m still trying to employ some of the exercises in it on a regular basis, though I probably don’t do them as frequently as I should. Because she talks about self-compassion across a variety of contexts you might not think the book is for you at first if you don’t see yourself in the types of people she’s describing in the early chapters. I didn’t at first and figured the book was going to be a waste of my time, but about mid-way through I really started identified with what she was saying and found it very helpful until she started talking about parenthood. So although you may not find the entire book relevant to your life, I think the parts of it you do are really useful. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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