Self-compassion is the act of treating oneself with kindness, empathy, and understanding in times of difficulty or suffering. It involves being aware of one’s own pain and responding to it with a sense of caring, rather than harsh self-judgment or criticism. Self-compassion includes three core components:
- Self-kindness: Being warm, supportive, and understanding toward oneself, rather than being critical and harsh.
- Common humanity: Recognizing that suffering and challenges are a part of the human experience, and that one is not alone in experiencing them.
- Mindfulness: Being aware of and acknowledging one’s own thoughts and feelings without judgment, and without becoming overly identified with them.
Practicing self-compassion can have many benefits, such as reducing stress, increasing resilience, and improving overall well-being. It can also lead to greater self-awareness, more positive relationships with others, and a more compassionate and empathetic attitude toward others.
Shervan K Shahhian