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Self-Compassion for Girls

By: Dr. Karen Bluth,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Dr. Karen Bluth
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If you were ever a teenage girl - or if you’ve even known a teenage girl - you may know it’s a difficult time, often riddled with insecurities, anxiety, and depression.  

And while adolescent boys often face similar emotions, research shows that females are more likely to be predisposed to depression; by the time they reach late adolescence, teen girls are twice as likely to become depressed as teen boys. So, what happens in early adolescence that pushes teen girls over the edge into depression? And more importantly, how can we address it?   

Over the course of 10 lessons, Dr. Karen Bluth offers a solution: self-compassion. She explores why self-compassion is a good thing - a resource that people can learn, put in their toolbox, and use whenever they have a challenging day or even a challenging moment. And crucially, she explains how we can help teenage girls develop self-compassion to aid them in the fight against depression. You’ll discover the struggles girls face, how they can maintain a balanced perspective, how to help girls not be self-critical, how they can claim their agency and purpose, how they can avoid toxic friends, and more.  

Help your girls develop the tools that will get them through some of the most turbulent times in their lives.

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About the Creator and Performer

Dr. Karen Bluth is faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and a research fellow at the University of North Carolina Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, where she conducts research on self-compassion and its influences on the emotional wellbeing of teens. Dr. Bluth is a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion, an internationally acclaimed 8-week course created by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer, and co-creator of the curriculum Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens (formerly known as Making Friends with Yourself), the teen adaptation of *Mindful Self-Compassionv. She is also co-creator of Embracing Your Life, the adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for young adults, and Self-Compassion for Educators, a self-compassion program offered through Mindful Schools. Dr. Bluth is author of the books The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are and The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, and co-author of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD: Build Executive Functioning Skills, Increase Motivation, and Improve Self-Confidence.As a mindfulness practitioner for over 40 years, a mindfulness teacher, and an educator with 18 years of classroom teaching experience, Dr. Bluth frequently gives talks, conducts workshops, and teaches classes in self-compassion and mindfulness in educational and community settings. In addition, she trains teachers in Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens internationally.

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listen to the end...

at first, i thought this listen was the same old psycho babble, but as she starts pulling her ideas all together, she truly has some do-able tools for young girls and parents. in today's world, we need all the tools we can jam in our belts to keep young kiddos mentally grounded. i think this is a MUST listen.

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wow

holy shit women have it hard. I have a small army of daughters and figured this would be a valuable listen. I learned more about my wife and can appreciate more of her emotional situation. there was a blatant contradiction when the author pointed out that kids are not only stressed out about normal kid stuff, but also really stressed out about climate change. the author then suggests that kids dive into that stress and make it their purpose in life because it makes them feel good. other than that, I had to speed it up to like 2.5 during the slow, meditative reading in some sections. this was great and I will be telling my family and friends to listen to this.

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Not just for teens,girls & parents

This is a mindfulness based approach (with somatic experiencing- feeling emotions in the body) with some tips on managing toxic relationships and includes a guided visualisation (which I've seen helps with the emotional pain of suicidal thoughts) with some observations (not all correct/too generalised) about teen girls.

The chapter on self esteem was surprisingly interesting.
This is a bit of an advertisement of her mindfulness course.If you just want the mindfulness you can find the meditations /very slightly different versions on YouTube ,also good if you don't find her voice is relaxing for meditation.

If you look for : " Self-Compassion: Compassionate Friend (Audio Meditation)" on YouTube there are many different ones short & long ,all meditations are from the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Program developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff these meditations, could be a step before the Loving Kindness – Compassion Exercise (Metta Meditation) where saying the phrases may be too aversive/foreign & abstract..
Self compassion break was the 2nd meditation. Giving & receiving practice was the 3rd
If you have aphantasia (struggle to visualise ) " First This " mindfulness on YouTube may be better & her soothing voice is quite popular.

If feeling the emotions in your body is too intense I would suggest NeuroMastery (Daimon Sweeney) or emotional freedom techniques (Brad Yates) or havening (Kate Truitt has some guided meditations on YouTube that cover this & various meditation styles,so does Hello Inner Light ) which help take the edge off when sitting with one's feeling. I've seen those to be more helpful for anxiety & strong emotions especially when dealing with c-PTSD that seems to require multiple approaches to reduce symptoms. I wish she had addressed the subject of trauma which is often a common cause of anxiety,depression & a whole host of mental illnesses,or that some people may struggle to sit still & meditate, so something like yoga may suit them better to help them get back into their bodies.

It has a few tips on mindfulness apps,which will probably become outdated soon.

Where this falls short - only a few meditations & the examples of what to say to oneself when practicing self compassion I did not find so helpful/could be more triggering. Wish it had gone more in depth especially with more difficult cases & how to adapt this for the neuro-divergent people.

A good freebie,as an introduction. It was actually a little relaxing to listen to if you reduce the speed a little.
Hope you found my review helpful :)