...a burgeoning new area of psychological research called self-compassion — how kindly people view themselves...The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic. Preliminary data suggest that self-compassion can even influence how much we eat and may help some people lose weight.The article contains links to several original research papers.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Go easy on yourself...
Being a self critical person who rarely gets off his own case, I was considerably softened by a Sarah Parker-Pope article in this morning's Science section of the NYTimes on: