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Self Compassion

By: Kristin Neff
Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
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Summary

Kristin Neff, PhD is a professor in human development whose 10 years of research forms the basis of her timely and highly listenable book. Self Compassion offers a powerful solution for combating the current malaise of depression, anxiety and self criticism that comes with living in a pressured and competitive culture. 

Through tried and tested exercises, listeners learn the three core components that will help replace negative and destructive measures of self worth and success with a kinder and nonjudgmental approach in order to bring about profound life change and deeper happiness. 

Self Compassion recognises that we all have weaknesses and limitations, but in accepting this we can discover new ways to achieve improved self confidence and contentment and reach our highest potential. Simply, easily and compassionately.  

Kristin Neff's expert and practical advice offers a completely new set of personal development tools that will benefit everyone.

©2019 Kristin Neff (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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What I really needed to hear and learn

I needed to listen to this book years ago. After suffering with severe mental health and now a recent break up with my fiancee, its very apparent how unhealthy I was being in both my relationship and to myself caused by events in my past that I refused to deal with. The past month, this book has helped me ground myself and start thinking of how to be better to myself and start to accept the reality of my situations.

If you feel lost in your life, feel like you aren't worth anything, aren't taking care of yourself, struggling with relationships or just feeling negative about the small things. Read this book and start learning self compassion. Start doing something to help yourself.

Thank you Dr. Kristin Neff.

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Life Changing

if you're looking at this book, then you probably need it for one reason or another. I wasn't sure I needed it, but i have insecurities so gave it a go after it was recommended and it has made an amazing shift in my life, I feel so much happier, yet nothing has changed, actually my life is going through a really incredibly tough and stressful patch... yet I'm happier. That tells you everything you need to know, buy the book! Xxx

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The reading was so bad that I had to try 3 times the first 30 minutes... but still couldn't go through. I think the author hired a "professional" reader which in my opinion was a bad idea. It's best to read this in a natural way, where real emotions are conveyed otherwise we branch off really easily and have a hard time focusing on the content. So unfortunately I wasn't able to continue and have given up. I have been looking for ways to give the audio back but couldn't find an option.
I then tried a sample from the same other but this time read by her and this I can relate to. So I am getting this other audio instead... Still a waste thought, very unfortunate!

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Worth your time

This challenged some of my beliefs and practice. Supporting self appreciation and compassion - supports our wider community way of being too.

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An astonishing and life-changing book

This book was recommended by a friend when I was facing one of the most serious emotional crises of my life and I was close to a breakdown.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that this book (audiobook version, with its wonderful narrator) pulled me back from the brink and has set me firmly on the path to recovery, in conjunction with good friends.

For as long as I can remember, I have been my own harshest critic. Not only has this book made me realise that this was what I have been doing, and the harm this has caused not just to myself, but also to those around me, but it also provides real and powerful tools for turning this around.

I devoured the book in the space of less than a week, but already I feel so much better, so much more positive.

I’m extremely cautious about calling any self-help book “life changing”, but in this instance, the epithet is fully deserved. I cannot recommend this book highly enough – and now I have the paperback too for more leisurely consideration and doing the numerous exercises it contains.

Thank you, Kristin and Katherine.

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A practical guide to a kinder you

I enjoyed the book incredibly as a practical guide full of exercises to self-compassion. The frameworks were helpful and there are many sections of the book I will likely return to.

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Life changing

This is an excellent book. It is essential reading for everyone. It will help you though dark times and help you appreciate those around you.

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Excellent

Excellent book great self care techniques for self compassion for every day use. Worth listening to.

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Honest, helpful and no BS book

The past 3 years of my life I have been reading a lot of so-called self-help books that are on the market. I came into this completely new style with a bag full of sarcasm, more with the purpose of convincing myself that a lot of self-help books are total BS. And a lot of them are. But few of them are not. And this is one of the good ones.
What amazed me is the bravery of the author of putting her vulnerable self out there for the world to see. Personal stories that make most of us frown upon and judge. This level of honesty and vulnerability makes me want to listen and find out more.
The book opened my eyes even more into the depths of who I am (who we are as humans), took me on a journey I was not ready to take and came out of it with pockets of knowledge.
I even followed some of the exercises given in the book (which I rarely to nearly never do).

Self-compassion is indeed the answer to a lot of frustrations, desperations, blockages, sadnesses…it’s constant work and constant self-improvement, and it requires constant showing up.
I especially recommend this book to people going through depression, anxiety, people who have constant feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, but also to selfish and narcissistic personalities.

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Simply Wonderful Book

This book is wonderful. In a world focussed on targets, efficiency and productivity this book brings Eastern and Western psychology on well being together in a secular way. There are over 30 exercises and the book is to be worked through and practiced as much as being read. Will you be more self-compassionate by the end? You’ll certainly have the wisdom to alleviate your suffering if you are prepared to commit to the practices suggested. Neff also backs up the suggested practices with well researched theory, honest personal accounts and relatable case examples. If you don’t enjoy the performance, definitely pick up a print copy and rad for yourself.

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