The 2017-2018 Dean’s Lecture Series Contemporary Issues in Research and Practice presents
Kristin Neff, PhD
The power of self-compassion
Free admission. Fee for 1.0 CEU: $5 payable at the door. A light lunch will be served after the lecture. Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research suggests that self-compassion is a powerful source of coping and resilience. In times of struggle, self-compassion involves treating ourselves with the same care and concern we would normally show to a good friend. It involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable challenges of life with greater ease. This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be strongly associated with psychological well being. A brief self-compassion practice that can be used in daily life will be taught.
About the speaker: Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor in The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Educational Psychology. Neff is internationally recognized as a pioneering researcher into the psychological health benefits of self-compassion, a concept borrowed from Buddhist psychology that entails self-kindness, feelings of interconnectedness, and mindfulness. Neff has developed a scale to measure the construct, has conducted numerous studies on the topic, and is now focusing on applications of self-compassion — teaching people how to relate to themselves with greater kindness.