Are you as kind to yourself as you are to others? The likely answer for many nurses is no, despite the knowledge that we have an ethical obligation to be as caring toward ourselves as we are to our patients (American Nurses Association Code of Ethics With Interpretive Statements, Provision 5). In her book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, Dr Neff describes the findings of her research into the power of mindful self-compassion to heal destructive emotional patterns of behavior and thought in order to live a more effective, healthier, and contented life. She challenges the idea that to find contentment in life we should be more successful or have above average intelligence, and she dispels the assumption that we just need to have high self-esteem to prove our personal worth. In Self-Compassion, Dr Neff describes...

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