Befriending Ourselves: Self Compassion

Nowlan, J. 2021. Befriending Ourselves: Self Compassion. in: Waddington, K. (ed.) Towards the Compassionate University: From Golden Thread to Global Impact Abington, New York Routledge. pp. 87-101

Chapter titleBefriending Ourselves: Self Compassion
AuthorsNowlan, J.
EditorsWaddington, K.
Abstract

This chapter opens with the acknowledgement of the difficulties that academics face in higher education institutions with constant changes reflecting what has been happening in the social, political, and economic world. This new way of working carves a neat pathway for stress in the workplace to develop, with work never feeling it has been complete for many, and often combined with a lack of control over workload. The literature, unsurprisingly, indicates that stress levels are high in academics. There are various tools that those who work in universities can use to try to alleviate suffering but self-compassion, according to its advocates, is likely to form the foundation of many other practices, and indeed encompasses mindfulness as part of its definition. The chapter unpacks exactly what self-compassion is and compares it to other, perhaps similar, concepts, along with looking at the validity of the self-compassion scales. Studies on the positive effects from developing self-compassion are also explored. The chapter then concludes with personal experiences of practicing self-compassion by the members of an action learning set.

Keywordsself compassion, mindfulness, alleviate suffering, self compassion scales, shared stories
Book titleTowards the Compassionate University: From Golden Thread to Global Impact
Page range87-101
Year2021
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published18 Mar 2021
Place of publicationAbington, New York
ISBN9780367341817
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429324338-6

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