Difficulties generating self-compassion: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Bayir, Aydan and Lomas, T. 2016. Difficulties generating self-compassion: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. The Journal of Happiness & Well-Being. 4 (1), pp. 15-33.
|Authors||Bayir, Aydan and Lomas, T.|
The aim of the present study was to make an idiographic investigation about the difficulties that are encountered by people who self-identify as having difficulties with self-compassion. Although a growing number of studies have been carried out concerning the concept of self-compassion, most research designs were quantitative. Based on this gap, the current study expanded the scope to include a qualitative dimension of the recent literature on self-compassion and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was adopted as methodological preference, which particularly monitors the lived experience of participants. In consequence of four in-depth semi-structured interviews, four super-ordinate themes emerged; the double-edged-sword: perfectionism, the flaws of compassion, the effects of a third person, and the advantages of self-criticism. In line with pre-existing research, these findings explored the reasons behind self-undermining behaviours and misconstructions about self-compassion, which are a barrier to gentle self-talk. Furthermore, unfavourable effects of the social environment prime participants to maladaptive perfectionism and excessive self-criticism, which are considered a success formula by the participants. This study's purpose is to present a detailed roadmap about the self-destructive journey of the people with low self-compassion. It will help researchers and clinicians to develop future interventions in order to cultivate kind and encouraging attitudes in self-critical people.
|Journal||The Journal of Happiness & Well-Being|
|Journal citation||4 (1), pp. 15-33|
|Publisher||The Journal of Happiness & Well-Being|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.journalofhappiness.net/frontend//articles/pdf/v4i1/3pdf.pdf|
|01 Jan 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||29 Feb 2016|
|Accepted||22 Oct 2015|
|Copyright information||© 2016 The Journal of Happiness and Well-Being (JHW)|
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