Shame and Compassion: Q&A With Paul Gilbert, Part 2 of 2 - 02-05


My interview with Prof. Gilbert continues. Previous part was published earlier today. Prof. Gilbert, the way I understand it, compassion means being aware of suffering in other life-forms and having the desire to relieve that suffering.1 But compassion is sometimes confused with empathy, sympathy, caring, or kindness. Self-compassion, too, is at times confused with other concepts, like self-pity, selfishness, or narcissism. How do you conceptualize self-compassion? And can—or should—everyone practice self-compassion?