Book cover: Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is written by Kristin Neff, a prominent researcher in the area of self-compassion.  It includes research findings, a variety of exercises with room to complete them in the book, and stories from the author's personal experience.  The author draws on Buddhist teachings, and she writes that:… Continue reading Book Review: Self-Compassion

Am I a bad person? Or is that just my mental illness talking? Graphic of cartoon head with flames for hair
Mental health

Am I a Bad Person? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

"Am I a bad person?" It seems to be a fairly common question. Searching for that question on Google yields 263 million hits. I've also seen it raised in the blogosphere. Regardless of what the answer may or may not seem to be, though, is it a valid and/or useful question? What exactly is a… Continue reading Am I a Bad Person? Or Is That the Wrong Question?

Mental health

What Does Your Inner Critic Have to Say?

We all have an inner critic hanging out inside our heads that makes itself known every so often.  Chances are that the inner critic says things about you that are far harsher than you would ever say about anyone else. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT) both pay quite a bit of… Continue reading What Does Your Inner Critic Have to Say?

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Mental health

How Do I Compare Thee… Comparison & Mental Health

“Don’t compare yourself to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.” -  Regina Brett The internet makes it very difficult not to compare ourselves to other people.  There they are, in their Instagram-perfect photos and their seemingly amazing lives.  Perhaps the "nice" thing to do would be to feel good for… Continue reading How Do I Compare Thee… Comparison & Mental Health