Being Self-Compassionate Creates Better Mental Health
- Life is a journey and we all have obstacles to overcome; new research shows that obstacles might not be so bad if you treat yourself with compassion.
- In other words, don’t be so hard on yourself when you experience failure.
- Self-compassion is in some ways more important than high self-esteem, report researchers from Wake Forest University.
- “Although Western society has emphasized the importance of high self-esteem, the more important thing may be to have self-compassion — the ability to treat oneself kindly in the face of failure, rejection, defeat, and other negative events,” says researcher and psychology professor Mark Leary, PhD, in a news release.
- Leary and colleagues presented three self-compassion studies in Washington, D.C. at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention.
- In the first study, students were asked to imagine themselves in certain situations, like causing their team to lose a game or forgetting their role in a play.
- Those who were harsher on themselves were more likely to fret with statements like, “This is awful,” or “I’m such a loser.”
- Lastly, students in the third test boosted self-compassion by recalling a failure from their lives and writing about it as if they were writing to a friend who had gone through the same thing.
- They also reported being happier and less angry than participants lower in self-compassion.
- Self-compassionate students were also less likely to dwell on negative events and to view neutral feedback positively, the study showed.
- They handled failure better if they were kind to themselves about it, even if they had low self-esteem.
- “A self-compassionate mindset may be particularly beneficial for people with low self-esteem,” states Leary in the news release.
- * Raising low self-esteem doesn’t bring new coping skills if people still beat themselves up for failures.
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by: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor