January 16, 2012 Self Compassion ~ Guest: Kristin Neff, PhD

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After a season of planning, organizing, giving and going it's time to take a deep breath. Today's show will be a chance for you to do that. So grab a cup of tea, relax and join us as we discover ways to enjoy ourselves more and increase our happiness by taking care of ourselves.  We'll be looking at some fun ways to take care of yourself as well as why and how you can go easy on yourself without becoming horribly self-indulgent or selfish.

Our guest is Kristin Neff. Kristin is an associate professor and a leading authority on Self-Compassion. She's the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind and she's joining us today to give us a different perspective self-compassion, self-esteem and happiness.


Kristin Neff, PhD, received her doctorate in Human Development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. She is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She is considered to be the world's leading expert on self-compassion, and a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book "Self-Compassion," released by William Morrow in 2011.  In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide.  Finally, Kristin is featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family's adventure with autism.

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