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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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every person on the planet should read this

the most influential self-help book i've read (which is a great compliment from me, because i'm a psychologist and generally don't believe the transformative claims of self-help literature)

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  • Thomas Brown
  • 06-22-20

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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  • JulieGeorgiana
  • 01-29-20

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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  • Bamaraca
  • 09-24-20

Very Bad Reading

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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  • A. Booth
  • 01-28-20

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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  • battleeditor
  • 02-12-21

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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  • 12-26-21

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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  • Stephen O'Brien
  • 05-30-21

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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  • 03-21-21

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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  • suzanna daw
  • 09-11-20

Excellent

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

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  • 10-17-21

loved it

I loved this book and already want to listen to it again! I learned a lot about self compassion and ways to be more self compassionate. I enjoyed hearing about the different research studies as well as personal experiences and stories of friends experiences. I highly recommend!

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  • 07-27-20

Life changing book

This book came at a very needed time for me. I was burned out, feeling incredibly anxious and rather depressed despite my life actually improving by all accounts. Feelings of shame and inadequacy had become more common than any other emotion. I’d read many other books that also helped but this book provided the missing process of actually taking the time to care for myself and accept, love and support myself as I would do and have done for others I love. I feel I’m on a new path now, one that will lead to greater happiness and fulfillment without feelings of superiority or grandeur, just things as they are but with so much more acceptance and appreciation.
Thanks so much for writing this book, it has helped me immeasurably ❤️

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  • Halyna Pavlyshyn
  • 08-26-20

Incredible

One of the best books I have read in years. Kristin has a talent of intervening her personal story, the examples of scientific research and the words of spiritual wisdom (both Zen Buddhism and Christianity) into a single narrative. She does it in a very organic way, encouraging the audience to listen and to engage. Wonderful book! Love it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-20

Life changing!

Learning self compassion has changed my life. I now have a supportive non judgemental person who is always there for me no matter what, and that's me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-20

Well written and well read.

A must read for every human being. Read this to find your healing in all aspects of any brokenness that you might encounter. Be ready to feel empowered...

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  • Elena Dagis
  • 01-28-20

A beautifull and practical guide for life

Practical and personal examples interwoven with theory and simple exercises to imbue more compassion in your life towards yourself and by default others. Have already implemented some of the strategies and noticed a shift. I'm looking forward to listening to it again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-22

Gamechanger!

Awesome new perspective on life's challenges. I would recommend to everyone! I will read more from this author.

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  • Hendrik
  • 09-16-21

Incredibly unhelpful and damaging

Narrator's voice is incredibly irritating, as if someone had decided that a condescending and sarcastic tone was best to fool people with your lies.

Author's ideology is false, misleading, ill-informed, corrupt and potentially life threatening. Telling people their birthright is happiness spits in the face of thousands of years of injustice and hardship. There is very little evidence of anything the author claims. Some of the content in this book is of the most dangerous type - accepting of falsehood and lies in order to protect oneself. The rest of it is wishful thinking and a re-imagination of the self-esteem movement. I'm actually amazed at the complete lack of understanding of the human race or psyche.

Believing lies and untruth is more damaging than lacking compassion for self. This web of lies you call 'Self Compassion' is nothing but a cunning title to suck people in and deliver them up to their own failure. Shame on you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-21

life changing

this book has opened me up and have made me think of everything in a different light.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-21

Yawn

If I wanted to just get a tonne of case studies I would go enrol at university, I had to keep skipping chunks because it was very tedious at times. Best suited for people who like data and statistics over practical advice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-20

Life changing

Neff is relatable and her personal stories really allow the reader to exhale and admit some of their own patterns. I often would replay a section and am convinced that self compassion must be developed purposefully over self esteem.