The importance of self-compassion in terms of self psychology

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Self-compassion has fostered a new way to build connectedness with oneself and affirmed the importance of offering compassion to oneself. However, there have been numerous arguments about the similarity with other self-related concepts, yet they have neglected its importance in self-psychology. For instance, self-compassion could be seen as an important element in Kohut’s concept of self in illustrating the self-object and self-experience theory, thus leading to a healthy self. Additionally, the self-schemas (self-esteem and self-efficacy) have been sufficiently shown to be associating with and predicting positive psychological outcomes and have further demonstrated the positive relations with self-compassion. Self-compassion thus demonstrated that similar features have been shared among the self-schemas. Moreover, with the claim that self-compassion was more precise than self-esteem, self-compassion should be emphasized by self-psychology then to develop a new era of “true self-esteem”. Copyright © 2021 by the author.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-126
JournalPsychiatry International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


Wong, M.-Y. C. (2021). The importance of self-compassion in terms of self psychology. Psychiatry International, 2(2), 120-126. doi: 10.3390/psychiatryint2020009


  • Self-compassion
  • Self-psychology
  • Self-schema
  • Self-esteem


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