Rather than allowing the self-critic to judge yourself for shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding.
Dr. Emma Seppala notes,
“Most of us don’t stop to consider whether our self-critical and competitive attitude is helping us achieve our goals. We don’t realize that they are actually standing in our way. Scientific data shows that self-criticism makes us weaker in the face of failure, more emotional, and less likely to assimilate lessons from our failures. Studies are finding that there is a far better alternative to self-criticism: self-compassion.”
Rather than being critical, one can expand our perspective and realize mistakes and failures are a part of life and other factors that contribute to these experiences and emotions.
Below is an infographic summarizing Dr. Seppala’s findings on self-compassion:
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