Why Is Self-Compassion So Tough?

The truth about the hard work of loving yourself.

Do you struggle with self-compassion? Are you tired of people telling you to love yourself? For many of us, it takes more than platitudes to put compassion at the heart of our inner conversation.

In this episode, Cathy explores:

  • How most self-help advice on self-compassion doesn’t acknowledge how challenging it can be.
  • Why telling someone to stop being so hard on themselves doesn’t actually help.
  • Why trying to silence your inner critic can actually make it worse.
  • And finally, what she’s learned from her clients and her own experience about what it really takes to love yourself.

You can find an adapted transcript of this episode on my blog, Field Notes, here.

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    Cathy Jacob

    I'm Cathy Jacob. I am a writer, coach and co-founder of Fire Inside Leadership. After two decades of coaching leaders on how to inspire while navigating the challenges of demanding careers and lives, I’ve created this site to share the best of what I’ve learned from my courageous clients and leaders in the fields of psychology, leadership, philosophy and neuroscience on what it takes to live an inspired life.

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