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


  • Guna Schwanen Maastricht University


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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Schwanen, G. (2015). Being kind to my socially anxious mind; A study of the relationship between self-compassion and social anxiety. Student Undergraduate Research E-Journal!, 1. Retrieved from



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