Kristin Neff

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Kristin Neff is an associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin's department of educational psychology.[1] She created the Self-compassion Scales.[2] The long scale consists of 26 items and the short scale consists of 12 items.[2][3] She has been credited with conducting the first academic studies into self-compassion.[4]

Neff has been interviewed for The Atlantic[5] and has written for University of California, Berkeley's Greater Good Magazine.[6]


  1. ^ "Kristin Neff". University of Texas. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Neff, K. D. (2003a). "The development and validation of a scale to measure self-compassion". Self and Identity 2(3): 223–250.
  3. ^ Raes, F., Pommier, E., Neff, K. D. and Van Gucht, D. (2011), Construction and factorial validation of a short form of the Self-Compassion Scale. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 18: 250–255.
  4. ^ Dembling, Sophia (15 June 2015). "Feel better about yourself: Understanding the power of self-compassion". Dallas News. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  5. ^ Khazan, Olga (6 May 2016). "Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem". The Atlantic. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  6. ^ Neff, Kristin (30 September 2015). "The Five Myths of Self-Compassion". Greater Good Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2020.

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