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Can Mindfulness and MBSR Training Enhance Self-Esteem?

Updated: Dec 14, 2018

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)

Culturally, we have a tendency to focus on what is wrong with us, what we are not good at doing, what we need to improve, edit or chan