Self-compassion is a central component of self-identity. Research suggests than those with high self-compassion tend to view failure as a learning opportunity rather than a threat. In addition, they tend to have prosocial attitudes and closer relationships with others. Is self-compassion universal? Studies suggest it is slightly more prevalent among men than women, and it tends to increase with age. There’s a cultural component as well, as people from certain countries (Hungary, Spain, Italy, Brazil) display higher degrees of self-compassion than others (Germany, US).
- According to research, those with high self-compassion approach failure as an opportunity to learn.
- On average, men are more self-compassionate than women, and self-compassion increases with age.
- Spanish, Italians and Brazilians show higher levels of self-compassion than Americans or Germans.
“Those with depression, anxiety disorders, developmental trauma and other issues tend to have negative, self-critical attitudes which undermine resilience and hamper personal growth and satisfaction.”