CMSC Blog

  • MSC and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    By Dr. Chris Germer
    Co-founder, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    DEI training may appear to be simply the latest American obsession, but, in my view, it will soon become a global imperative. Regardless of the culture, there are always vast numbers of people who are suffering due to systemic oppression (unconscious bias, marginalization, or discrimination) of individual and collective differences. As our world becomes increasingly globalized and we live cheek to jowl with people quite different from ourselves, especially people with different views and values, our need for compassion will only increase if our planet is to survive.

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  • Fierce Self-Compassion

    By Dr. Kristin Neff
    Co-founder, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

    As a woman in a society in which unequal pay, sexual harassment and abuse are still rampant, I have become more and more interested in how all people — but women in particular — can cultivate inner strength and make needed changes in this world. It’s not enough to work toward personal growth and healing; we also need to try to change the systems of oppression that are causing so much pain. I believe that the skill of fierce self-compassion is needed to become empowered, whole, and work toward social justice.

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  • Self-Compassion for Parents: Nurture Your Child by Caring for Yourself

    by Mara Elwood
    CMSC Correspondent

    Parenting can be one of the planet’s toughest jobs. In her forthcoming book, Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD, shares practical strategies and practices for the parenting journey, all based on a foundation of self-compassion and acceptance that we are enough, just as we are. Interview with CMSC Correspondent, Mara Elwood

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  • 6 Ways Dogs Teach Us Self-Compassion

    By Marissa C. Knox
    Trained MSC Teacher and PhD candidate,
    Educational Psychology

    A recent study examined the effects of dog ownership on veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. This research suggests that being a dog owner may be a way to access and cultivate the warmth and comfort provided by self-compassion through connecting with the loving presence of a canine friend.

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  • Unearthing Me:
    A Psychologist’s Journey with Self-Compassion

    By Jennifer Ayres, PhD
    A cherished painting, a well-loved game of Candy Land, and an old journal: A Texas psychologist excavates the many layers of her self-compassion (r)evolution.​

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