Kristin Neff || Fierce Self-Compassion

July 29, 2021

Today it’s great to chat with Kristin Neff on the podcast. Kristin is currently an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She’s a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion almost 20 years ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she’s the author of the book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. They co-authored The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. Her newest work focuses on how to balance self-acceptance with the courage to make needed change. Her latest book is called Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.


  • What is fierce self-compassion?
  • Integration of fierce and tender self-compassion
  • How gender socialization interferes with self-compassion
  • Why women tend to have less self-compassion than men
  • Patriarchy vs matriarchy: differences in socialization and values
  • Breaking gender stereotypes incurs criticism
  • Can self-compassion turn into selfishness?
  • The psychometrics of self-compassion and self-coldness
  • Using common humanity for unity, not division
  • Harnessing anger with a quiet ego
  • Self-compassion: the dance of acceptance and change
  • Correlation of self-compassion with the light and dark triads of personality


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