Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice
Version of Record online: 17 JUN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 69, Issue 8, pages 856–867, August 2013
How to Cite
Germer, C. K. and Neff, K. D. (2013), Self-Compassion in Clinical Practice. J. Clin. Psychol., 69: 856–867. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22021
- Issue online: 9 JUL 2013
- Version of Record online: 17 JUN 2013
- difficult emotions;
Self-compassion is conceptualized as containing 3 core components: self-kindness versus self-judgment, common humanity versus isolation, and mindfulness versus overidentification, when relating to painful experiences. Research evidence demonstrates that self-compassion is related to psychological flourishing and reduced psychopathology. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week training program, meeting 2.5 hours each week, designed to help participants cultivate self-compassion. MSC contains a variety of meditations (e.g., loving-kindness, affectionate breathing) as well as informal practices for use in daily life (e.g., soothing touch, self-compassionate letter writing). A detailed clinical case illustrates the journey of a client through the 8 weeks of MSC training, describing the key features of each session and the client's response.