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November 2016

Can Mindfulness and MBSR Training Enhance Self-Esteem?

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Kristin Neff, a well-known researcher in mindfulness and psychology makes the following distinction between self-esteem and self-compassion: Whereas self-esteem entails evaluating oneself positively and often involves the need to be special and above average, self-compassion does not entail self-evaluation or comparisons with others. Kristin Neff, University of Texas at Austin, “Self-Compassion, Self-Esteem, and Well-Being” (2011) …
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Being Mindful with the Children in Your Life Improves Their Confidence and Self-Esteem

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Like theĀ meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg, notes inĀ Faith, our personal view of things can be like ‘Looking at the sky through a straw.’ Our thoughts about ourselves may not appreciate the full reality of who we are.Psychology Today, “Overcoming Low Self-Esteem with Mindfulness” Mindfulness trainers hear many different questions from parents, teachers, and students who attend …
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