Which Feels Better?

Self Criticism or Self Compassion?

Only you know which feels better for you.

But if you notice you are erring on the criticism side, this handy little infographic (a visual short cut to reading pages of text) serves as a visual reminder of the benefits of self compassion in comparison to self criticism.

This infographic, by Dr. Emma Seppala, Ph.D., is a great reminder of not only the benefits of self compassion, but also the terrible damage we do to our self esteem when we choose criticism over compassion.

I invite you to print it and put it on your refrigerator for those moments when you’re feeling self critical and can’t find your way back to self compassion.


  • self criticism vs self compassion (how to shift)
  • 3 elements of self compassion
    • self kindness
    • common humanity
    • mindfulness

The Scientific Benefits of Self-Compassion INFOGRAPHIC - An Infographic from Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

Embedded from Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.


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2 Responses to Which Feels Better?

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I need this reminder daily. A new piece of information I really took in from the reading is that someone can be a very compassionate person toward others and still lack self-compassion. I fall into that category sometimes and would like to bring that same compassion I extend to others to myself. Thanks for bringing these self-compassion thoughtful pieces to us!

    • LeAnne McDaniel says:

      It’s great information isn’t it? In my family of origin, criticism was often mistaken for affection. Ouch!

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