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Advances in Psychological Science    2020, Vol. 28 Issue (5) : 824-832     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.00824
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Self-compassion: Its mechanisms and related interventions
JIN Guomin,LIU Xiaoshi,LI Dan()
Department of Psychology, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China
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Abstract  

Self‐compassion refers to the ability to express sympathy or compassion to oneself when faced with failures, inadequacies or suffering. Self-compassion has been found to have a profound impact on individuals' physical and psychological health. In view of its mechanisms, self-compassion can exert positive impacts on individuals by reducing one’s maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and promoting adaptive emotion regulation strategies. Additionally, self-compassion can also maintain ones’ homeostasis by regulating the biological markers of the stress response, which in turn, facilitates their adjustment. The major interventions related to self-compassion include Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). More studies are needed to further explore the mechanism of self-compassion, expand its investigation by using various measurement and research methods, and use more rigorous interventional designs to evaluate the effects of self-compassion interventions under the Chinese cultural background.

Keywords self-compassion      mindfulness      emotion regulation      mindful self-compassion      compassion-focused therapy     
PACS:  R395  
Corresponding Authors: Dan LI     E-mail: lidan501@126.com
Issue Date: 27 March 2020
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Guomin JIN,Xiaoshi LIU,Dan LI. Self-compassion: Its mechanisms and related interventions[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2020, 28(5): 824-832.
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