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I have been exploring the idea of self-compassion through reading books on Eastern Religion, (Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, etc.) analyzing professional research articles, and practicing it in my daily life. I came across one study that was conducted which I feel has great insight into self-compassion. This study will be broken down into several posts because of the amount of information that is available! THIS IS PART III
Laura K. Barnard and John F. Curry (Duke University)
Dr. Kristin Neff developed the Neff Self-Compassion Scale which is a nearly universally used to measure of self-compassion. The tool is a 26-question Likert scale that measures the main components of self-compassion (Self-Kindness, Common Humanity, and Mindfulness) and their counterparts (Self-Judgment, Isolation, and Over-Identification).
One study found that “undergraduates in the highest quartile of self-compassion had significantly higher mean scores on self-reported kindness to self and others than students who scored in the lowest quartile on self compassion.”
Another study found that Buddhists who practice Vipassana, a type of meditation that cultivates mindfulness, interdependence, and compassion had significantly higher total self-compassion scores in comparison than undergraduates.” The Buddhists that were surveyed practiced Vipassana for an average of 8 years (ranged from 1-40 years) and the results yielded that the longer someone practiced Vipassana (in years) the more self-compassion they possessed.
Barnard, L. K. & Curry, J. F. (2011). Self-Compassion: Conceptualizations, correlates, & interventions. Review of General Psychology, 15(4), 289-303.
See how Self-Compassionate you are @ http://www.self-compassion.org/test-your-self-compassion-level.html (Neff Self-Compassion Scale)
Quick description of Vipassana @ http://www.vipassanadhura.com/
Indepth Vipassana @ http://www.vipassanadhura.com/whatis.htm