Self-esteem has always been seen as the panacea for regrets. Yet, there is one quicker and better way to move on that we should all know about – self-compassion.
“Imagine that you are talking to yourself about this regret from a compassionate and understanding perspective. What would you say?”
That is the writing instruction used in a new study which found that self-compassion helps people to move on from regrets. Being kind to ourselves allow us to get past our disappointments, embarrassments and failures. It is only with self-compassion that we are able to feel stronger and face the world once again with a renewed outlook.
So how does self-compassion work? The study’s authors conclude that self-compassion works by increasing our acceptance. Accepting our flaws, forgiving and loving ourselves for who we are is better than trying to focus on our positive qualities. After all, those regrets are what make us human.
Category(s):Mental Health in Asia
Source material from Psyblog