Being kind to my socially anxious mind; A study of the relationship between self-compassion and social anxiety

  • Guna Schwanen Maastricht University

Abstract

Self-compassion stands for a kind, accepting, and therefore more adaptive attitude towards oneself. In the face of social failure, self-compassion might be particularly useful for people with social anxiety. The present study aimed to examine the relationship between self-compassion and social anxiety. A sample of 120 individuals completed online questionnaires. Results showed that social anxiety, fear of negative evaluation, and self-focused attention were strongly related to self-compassion. Thus, self-compassion might be a useful construct for people with social anxiety and explicit training in self-compassion may give rise to a more caring and kinder attitude towards oneself during social failure.

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How to Cite
SCHWANEN, Guna. Being kind to my socially anxious mind; A study of the relationship between self-compassion and social anxiety. Student Undergraduate Research E-journal!, [S.l.], v. 1, nov. 2015. ISSN 2468-0443. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/sure/article/view/1067>. Date accessed: 23 mar. 2019.
Published
2015-11-20