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Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneer and one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, is Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. After completing her PhD at UC Berkeley in 1997, she did post-doctoral research at Denver University on self-compassion—a construct central to Buddhist psychology. The scale she created to measure self-compassion, published in 2003, is used by hundreds of researchers worldwide. She is author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind (William Morrow, 2011), and her family was recently featured in the documentary film and book The Horse Boy.



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