The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion: Kristin Neff at TEDxCentennialParkWomen



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48 thoughts on “The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion: Kristin Neff at TEDxCentennialParkWomen

  1. Ha! Speak for yourself. Lol my self esteem was crushed all the way threw high school. Not until 11th grade did I actually start to develop some self worth. However it was only because I lost weight and got a GF

  2. No to downplay the importance of self compassion, but she is mischaracterizing self esteem in this video. Self esteem is not a belief that you're better than others, it is belief that you are competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and that you are worthy of happiness. I think the self esteem movement that Dr. Nathaniel Branden started back in the day actually encompasses everything she's talking about here. Arrogance is a sign of low self esteem – her references to narcissism and self esteem are off base, people with high self esteem are happy being themselves and don't need to derive their happiness from feeling superior to others.

  3. Narcissism can't be created in schools. It is an abuse that is generated at home. Trough self esteem can't be affected by external validation those people didn't have self esteem in first place.

  4. I am a very critical person, and I can say from experience- it not only steals my motivation, but the motivation of those who spend a lot of time with me. Very dangerous. Not proud of it, but I am recognizing a trend.
    Also mammals? Show me some proof that I am part reptile? As I'd have to be in order to "also be" something else.? Wait, I'm being critical… okay, I am very beautiful, some say cold blooded, I may have a forked tongue at times… wait, people again having a sense of self responsibility? Okay, I hope everyone watching this believes that, because we need it badly as a society!

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