Kristin Neff

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Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff is an associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin's department of educational psychology.[1] Dr. Neff received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, studying moral development.  She did two years of postdoctoral study at the University of Denver studying self-concept development. She created the Self-compassion Scales.[2][3] The long scale consists of 26 items and the short scale consists of 12 items.[2][4] She has been credited with conducting the first academic studies into self-compassion.[5]

In addition to her academic work, she is author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, released by William Morrow. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.  Drs. Neff and Germer co-authored the book The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, which was published by Guilford in 2018, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals in 2019.

Neff has been interviewed for The Atlantic[6] and has written for University of California, Berkeley's Greater Good Magazine.[7]


  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. ^ "Resilience Through Self-Compassion". Spark Podcast. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Dembling, Sophia (15 June 2015). "Feel better about yourself: Understanding the power of self-compassion". Dallas News. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  6. ^ Khazan, Olga (6 May 2016). "Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem". The Atlantic. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  7. ^ Neff, Kristin (30 September 2015). "The Five Myths of Self-Compassion". Greater Good Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2020.

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