Dr. Janet Hope. Psy.D. | Philadelphia, PA

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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself  just as I am, then I can change. ~ Carl Rogers

What is self-compassion?

The gift of self-compassion is a sense of self-worth –  of loving and accepting ourselves simply for who we are. It is not based on whether we meet certain socially dictated standards of worth such as beauty or intelligence. This love involves embracing who we are as unique individuals with our own particular quirks and distinctive sets of strengths and weaknesses.

How does self-compassion differ from self-esteem?

Self-esteem is a sense of valuing ourselves based on external characteristics

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April 15th, 2015

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Billy Joel really had his finger on the pulse of what it can feel like to be in love. In his song, “Leave a Tender Moment Alone”, he beautifully captures both the the euphoria and the incredible vulnerability we can sometimes feel in love relationships.

As a couples’ therapist, I see many couples – both young and old – having problems being open and sharing their emotions with one another.

Sadly, vulnerability is not something that is encouraged in our society. We are taught that it is not safe to wear your heart out on your sleeve. At one point in

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April 11th, 2015

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