Self-compassion, self-regulation, and health

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Self-compassion-treating oneself with kindness, care, and concern in the face of negative life events-may promote the successful self-regulation of health-related behaviors. Self-compassion can promote self-regulation by lowering defensiveness, reducing the emotional states and self-blame that interfere with self-regulation, and increasing compliance with medical recommendations. Furthermore, because they cope better with stressful events, people high in self-compassion may be less depleted by illness and injury and, thus, have greater selfregulatory resources to devote to self-care. Framing medical problems and their treatment in ways that foster self-compassion may enhance people's ability to manage their health-related behavior and deal with medical problems. © 2011 Psychology Press.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Terry, ML; Leary, MR

Published Date

  • July 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 352 - 362

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-8876

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1529-8868

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15298868.2011.558404

Citation Source

  • Scopus