Compassion is the ability to show empathy, love and concern for those who are experiencing pain or difficulties in their lives. Self-compassion is extending that same compassion towards ourselves as we do for a friend or loved one.
There are many myths about self-compassion, such as that it is selfish or weak. Research shows the opposite is true. Studies show self-compassionate people are described by their partners as being more caring, accepting and respectful than those who are self-critical.
Self-compassion is one of our most powerful sources of strength during hard times. Research shows that those who mindfully acknowledge their difficult feelings and bring kindness toward themselves are stronger and more resilient, not weak.
In therapy, clients learn the facts about self-compassion and how to apply it to help them recover from OCD, Anxiety and related disorders.
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