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Setting the Record Straight About the Self-Compassion Scale

  • Kristin D. NeffEmail author

Recently, Muris and colleagues published a letter to the editor of the journal Mindfulness with the colorful title “Stripping the forest from the rotten trees: Compassionate self-responding is a way of coping, but reduced uncompassionate self-responding mainly reflects psychopathology.” (Muris et al. 2018). It was written in response to a journal article I wrote with colleagues (Neff et al. 2018a) titled “The forest and the trees: Examining the association of self-compassion and its positive and negative components with psychological functioning,” and contains some seriously erroneous claims. The Self-Compassion Scale (SCS; Neff 2003) measures self-compassion as a system-level balance between compassionate self-responding (kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness) and reduced uncompassionate self-responding (reduced self-judgment, isolation, and over-identification). Neff et al. (2018a) examined the link between scores on the SCS and well-being in a variety of domains:...


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  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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