A Personalized Approach to Self-Compassion

why every voice matters

with Steven C. Hayes

The research literature suggests that self-compassion is virtually always helpful in fostering well-being, compassion toward others, and other positive results. Despite that, we all know people who use the language of self-compassion and self-care as a rationale for self-centeredness. In wisdom and contemplative traditions this is well known and guides take steps to prevent mindfulness processes from becoming selfish. In this talk, Steven will explain why the scientific literature has not yet caught up with the wisdom of good teachers and guides, and describe a scientific breakthrough that is leading to a more personalized approach to processes of change.

Steven C. Hayes

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Steven C. Hayes is Foundation Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno and President of the Institute for Better Health, a charitable organization that promotes quality in mental and behavioral health services. An author of 48 books and over 700 scientific articles, he initiated the development of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or “ACT” a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods. His book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life has long been one of the best-selling self-help books. ACT methods are distributed worldwide by the World Health Organization to help survivors of war and other disasters and are known to foster self-compassion and compassion toward others. Dr. Hayes has received lifetime achievement awards from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Association for Psychological Science and is among the most cited psychologists in the world.

Website: http://www.stevenchayes.com/

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