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What is Self-Kinpassion?

If you are not familiar with the word “self-kinpassion”, you are not alone… because we made it up for this website. It’s just our (attempt to be) clever way to share some of our research and applied work on self-compassion in the field of kinesiology.

Basically, was created as a response to the need for sport, health, and exercise-specific self-compassion resources.

What is Self-Compassion?

Dr. Kristin Neff is a leader in the field of self-compassion and describes it as compassion directed inwards to ourselves. This requires acknowledging that things are difficult or challenging for us, and then taking steps to help ease that suffering.

Dr. Neff describes self-compassion as having three core elements:


This requires gentle understanding rather than harsh self-criticism.

Common Humanity

This requires recognizing that we are not alone in our experiences.


This requires non-judgemental acceptance of our experiences in the present moment.

Self-Compassion in Sport

Our very own Danielle Cormier and Dr. Kent Kowalski sit down with Dan Abrahams of the Sport Psych Show

to talk about their recent publication “Self-Compassion in Sport: A Scoping Review”.

Check out the podcast episode using the links below!

How can self-compassion be used in sport, health, and exercise?


Injuries and Losses

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Men and Masculinity

Self-Compassion and Masculinity

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In Team and Individual Sport

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Body Image

Body Self-Compassion

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