By: Hannah Heitz
Self-compassion is unique in its relative newness to the field of psychology. Core tenets of self-compassion have origins in Buddhist mindfulness practices, but Neff’s conceptual definition is the first to incorporate all three components into one trait. Numerous studies have focused on self-compassion’s correlation to symptomology of depression, disordered eating, and anxiety, while some have used it as an intervention to increase well-being in clinical and non-clinical populations alike.
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