A Pilot Study and Randomized Controlled Trial of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program – Neff – 2012

The aim of these two studies was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, an 8-week workshop designed to train people to be more self-compassionate.


Study 1 found significant pre/post gains in self-compassion, mindfulness, and various wellbeing outcomes. Study 2 found that compared with the control group, intervention participants reported significantly larger increases in self-compassion, mindfulness, and wellbeing. Gains were maintained at 6-month and 1-year follow-ups.


The MSC program appears to be effective at enhancing self-compassion, mindfulness, and wellbeing.