14 responses to “Self-Compassion”

  1. Hats off to Dr. Mansouri! Thank you for having the courage to reveal so much of your own process. This is a very helpful article and I will recommend it to my med students and residents.

  2. Thank you for this. I’m not sure why, but self-doubt has come to me after 30 years of practice. When I rationally think of this, I realize that there is much I know, but my head often says I’m not good enough, that I am a sham. I will try to put your thoughts into practice. I will try to remember self care and that not knowing something that I later learn is okay as long as I am always moving forward.

  3. I really liked what you had to say in this article- it was a very good reminder.
    I did not understand what you meant when you said that, “Self-esteem requires that we feel superior in some way to others”. I work with youth who struggle with self esteem issue and so this is an area that we work on a lot with them.

  4. There’s nothing like having the shoe on the other foot: a health provider in the role of patient. I have been in this position a few times and your article is an awesome reminder to all health providers. Speaking for myself, I learn the lessons and then slip back into old habits. I like being good at what I do but it’s a slippery slope when we constantly neglect ourselves over time. Thank you for your article and compassion to others in writing It.

  5. Thank you for sharing this, we can all learn to be more compassionate towards ourselves.

  6. Great piece – one can see the author had to work through this herself. I am currently reading a book on this which is providing a lot of the same advise. We as doctors should take self-care and self-compassion seriously to bring down that burn-out rates.

  7. Thank you for writing this. Now, more than ever, we need to practice self-compassion to ourselves. As a fellow recovering perfectionist, I share similar struggles. I feel guilty when I tell people that I’m actually doing great in this new Covid world. I prefer having my days filled with more virtual appointments than in-person ones. I love not commuting to meetings. I value Zoom meetings. As an introvert, Covid has given me so much energy and peace and more self-compassion.

  8. Great article!

    If I’m not nice to me I don’t stand much of a chance with helping others. Self deprecation is a killer.

    My “Take home” is the Three Question Journal.

  9. Thanks so much Shireen for sharing this. I have always practiced compassion but will use some of the tools you shared to increase my awareness even further. I now have 3 pink sticky notes at my desk “what surprised me today? what touched me today? what inspired me today?”. I will think of you as I read these at the end of my day. Keep up the great work.

  10. Thank you for writing such a caring, compassionate piece. I know I need to look into this further. Thanks for providing the links to help me continue learning about this.

  11. Wonderful article. Thank you.

  12. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on a very important subject. This is something that should be discussed more as healthcare providers. I would like to hear more about taking a course in Contemplative Caregiving, but will be reading through the resources you have provided for the time being.

  13. With never ending responsibilities it can be so hard to find the time or even realize that we need time to practice self compassion. A friend reminded me to practice self compassion and your article came to me at a great time. Thank you for sharing your story.

  14. Thanks for your wisdom Shireen. I was lucky enough to have completed the CCT training with you and I can say how profoundly that has changed my approach to myself and those around me. What a gift.

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