Caring for others without losing yourself

Led by Kristin Neff PhD and sponsored by PFSP

February 13, 2024

On February 13, Kristin Neff PhD, renowned researcher and expert in self-compassion, delivered a 60-minute session on self-compassion. This session was one of the most highly attended in PFSP history! Thank you to all who joined us.

Read about Kristin Neff

Many physicians struggle with a harsh inner critic, perfectionism, and over-functioning. Cultivating self-compassion is a proven antidote when these strategies are no longer helpful. Kristin Neff PhD pioneered the field of self-compassion research, and it shows that people with high levels of self-compassion have:

  • The same high standards as their peers but they experience increased happiness, optimism and life satisfaction.
  • More satisfying connections and relationships.
  • Increased motivation and emotional stability, and resilience.

This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will also discuss the crucial role that self-compassion plays for healthcare professionals in order to reduce burnout. A practice will be taught that can help individuals maintain balance in difficult situations involving caring for others.

You will leave this presentation knowing you are not alone and with the key to supporting yourself through the power of self-compassion.

At the end of her presentation, there will be a short Q&A period.

Kristin Neff, PhD About Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff is a pioneer in self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on the construct. She has been recognized as one of the most influential researchers in psychology worldwide. Kristin has written several bestselling books on self-compassion and co-founded the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Watch Kristin's TED Talk: The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion

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