In part 2 of 3 of this Shaking Shame blog series, I mentioned that practicing self-compassion is one way to help “shake” perfectionism. The word compassion actually means to “suffer with.” Compassion involves feeling moved by others’ pain and suffering so that your heart responds in kind and gentle ways.
I get such great feedback from my clients practicing self-compassion to “shake” perfectionism and shame that I thought it would be helpful to go more in depth on this practice.
Dr. Kristen Neff is one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion. She teaches that self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings, instead of harshly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings. She describes these three core elements of self-compassion in depth:
Reaching out to one of our therapists at GROW counseling can be beneficial in helping you implement these ways of practicing self-compassion in your life.
Written By: Porsha Jones
Originally posted on Grow Counseling