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March 14, 2011

Author Dr. Kristin Neff at BookPeople:
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.; 512.472.5050


“Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up & Leave Insecurity Behind”
Asks Readers If They Are As Kind to Themselves
As They Are to Family, Friends & Others

Austin, TX — Dr. Kristin Neff, a professor at The University of Texas and the world’s leading authority on self-compassion, will be at BookPeople in May to sign copies of her new book, “Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind” (William Morrow, $24.99-April 19), and give a talk about feeling happier and achieving one’s highest potential.

Neff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.; 512.472.5050.

Women’s power icon Gloria Steinem says about Neff’s book: “A portable friend to all readers — especially but not only women — who need to learn that the Golden Rule works only if it’s reversible: We must learn to treat ourselves as well as we wish to treat others.”

Written for the layman, the book — with anecdotes, personal examples and chapter-by-chapter exercises — explores the benefits of self-compassion: treating one’s self with as much compassion as one would treat a good friend; using self-compassion rather than self-criticism to motivate one’s self and others toward healthy changes; and when one fails or faces difficulties, accepting one’s imperfections and being compassionate toward self. The result: healthier, more productive lives as well as more satisfaction with life and more optimism about the future.

“I found that the biggest reason people aren’t more self-compassionate is that they are afraid they’ll become self-indulgent,” Neff, an associate professor of human development at UT, told The New York Times. “They believe self-criticism is what keeps them in line. Most people have gotten it wrong because our culture says being hard on yourself is the way to be.”

Neff has spent more than a decade studying the relatively new concept of self-compassion and lectures around the world and leads workshops on the subject. She published the first journal article that identified and detailed self-compassion, and she created the Self-Compassion Scale used by researchers worldwide. She was featured in the book and film “The Horse Boy,” which chronicles her family’s journey with autism and demonstrates the power of self-compassion when facing difficult life challenges.

Dr. Neff says she will soon start a controlled study to determine whether teaching self-compassion — and its three major elements: self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness — actually leads to lower stress, depression and anxiety and more happiness and life satisfaction. “The problem is that … people have to actively and consciously develop the habit of self-compassion.”

For more information, visit www.self-compassion.org, where suggested readings, meditations and more can be found.

Contact: Jill McGuckin, 512.217.9404; jill@mcguckinpr.com

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