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- [Narrator] This content is brought to you by Blinkist. (quirky upbeat music) (upbeat music) - [Narrator] Kristin Neff, "Self-compassion: "The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself," narrated by Michael Hanley and Amanda Marr. - [Michael] "It's become pretty common these days "to complain about how self-centered people are. "Too many of us are self-absorbed, self-seeking, "and self-serving, or so the story goes. "But here's a fact that's often left out of that narrative. "As self-oriented as we might be, "most of us are also extremely hard on ourselves. "We get angry at ourselves when we make mistakes. "We hold ourselves up to impossibly high standards. "And then berate ourselves, when we fall short of them. "We subject ourselves to incredibly harsh self-criticism "as we go through our daily lives "and we continuously tell ourselves "we're not good enough the way we are. "All this leaves us with a persistent sense of inadequacy. "Why do we engage in these behaviors? "What's the problem with them? "And how can we replace them with a kinder, healthier, "and more productive way of treating ourselves? "By the end of these blanks, you'll know the answers "to all of these questions and more." (flowing upbeat music)