Presentation Title

Compassionate Self-Esteem: A Multivariate Investigation of Changes in Self-Compassion Following Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Psychology

Mentor

Karen Jennings

Abstract

Mindfulness meditation practice has been shown to improve self-esteem, a widely-used indicator of mental well-being. Some psychologists argue that the current definition of self-esteem is incomplete and have proposed alternate conceptualizations, most notably, self-compassion. Neff (2003) suggests that self-compassion describes a healthier self-relationship that emphasizes common humanity, self-kindness, and mindfulness. Thus, mindfulness meditation may foster self-compassion, under the guise of higher self-esteem. This study will analyze how those who have completed a mindfulness course describe changes in their self-relationships. Additionally, measures of self-esteem and self-compassion will be compared between participants with and without mindfulness experience. A brief writing task will prompt participants to reflect on their self-esteem while their emotional arousal level is measured. Lessened emotional arousal is expected in those with mindfulness experience, as they can relate to themselves more skillfully through self-compassion.

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Compassionate Self-Esteem: A Multivariate Investigation of Changes in Self-Compassion Following Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness meditation practice has been shown to improve self-esteem, a widely-used indicator of mental well-being. Some psychologists argue that the current definition of self-esteem is incomplete and have proposed alternate conceptualizations, most notably, self-compassion. Neff (2003) suggests that self-compassion describes a healthier self-relationship that emphasizes common humanity, self-kindness, and mindfulness. Thus, mindfulness meditation may foster self-compassion, under the guise of higher self-esteem. This study will analyze how those who have completed a mindfulness course describe changes in their self-relationships. Additionally, measures of self-esteem and self-compassion will be compared between participants with and without mindfulness experience. A brief writing task will prompt participants to reflect on their self-esteem while their emotional arousal level is measured. Lessened emotional arousal is expected in those with mindfulness experience, as they can relate to themselves more skillfully through self-compassion.