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Mindfulness

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 787–790 | Cite as

Protection as the Mirror Image of Psychopathology: Further Critical Notes on the Self-Compassion Scale

  • Peter MurisEmail author
  • Henry Otgaar
  • Nicola Petrocchi
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Self-compassion can be defined as the tendency to be caring, warm, and understanding towards oneself when faced with personal shortcomings, problems, or failures. Kristin Neff certainly should be applauded for her seminal work on self-compassion. That is, she was the first putting this self-related construct on the scientific agenda and publishing a considerable amount of theoretical and empirical articles on this topic. From the start, Neff (2003a) has persisted in a conceptualization of self-compassion mainly drawn from writings of Buddhist teachers, postulating that the construct essentially consists of three core components. The first component is self-kindness and refers to the tendency to be kind to and understanding with oneself when confronted with personal disappointments. The second component is common humanity, which deals with recognizing that one’s failures and problems are an integral part of human life. The third and final component is mindfulness and relates to the...

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Mental Health Problem Positive Component Common Humanity Negative Component Buddhist Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Muris
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Henry Otgaar
    • 1
    • 3
  • Nicola Petrocchi
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Clinical Psychological Science, Faculty of Psychology and NeuroscienceMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa
  3. 3.City University LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.John Cabot UniversityRomeItaly
  5. 5.Compassionate Mind ItaliaRomeItaly

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