Self-Compassion and Coping
Self-compassion, a positive and caring attitude toward oneself, can contribute to positive coping in stressful situations. These authors analyzed the relationship between self-compassion and different forms of positive and negative coping based on the results of 136 prior studies including 38,913 participants. They found a positive association between self-compassion and adaptive coping and a negative association between self-compassion and maladaptive coping. The authors concluded that self-compassion is important for understanding the mechanisms involved in coping with stress and demanding life events. The strongest association they identified was between increased self-compassion and decreased maladaptive coping.
Ewert C, Vater A, Schröder-Abé M. Mindfulness 2021; 12:1063–1077.
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