Can Self-Compassion Help the Self-Loathing Person?

The following article is a response to a popular blog post published on the New York Times website titled, “Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges.” The theme of the article was self-compassion. Dr. Mark D. White considers the blog and how, or if, it can be applied to people who suffer from self-loathing. The problem with self-compassion as applied to a person who suffers self-loathing, is that a self-loathing person does not respond to external praise well. They will minimize it or dismiss it, because they know themselves better than the person praising them and “know” that they do not deserve the praise.