≪Organizer Abstract≫
Though rooted in Buddhist thinking, self-compassion has garnered much attention in Western psychology as a means to understand human experience and cultivate positive well-being. This symposium utilizes the Bronfenbrenner's ecological model to appreciate how self-compassion may impact human experience at different levels across four studies. The first study examines how self-compassion interacts with contingent self-esteem and well-being under the cultural context of Confucian relationalism. Next, regarding the exo- and mesosystems, we discuss how self-compassion moderates the perception of architectural barriers and stigma among adults with physical disability. Bridging through the micro-individual system, we then investigate how loving-kindness meditation cultivates compassion to the self and others. Finally, the closing presentation focuses on the delivery of a self-compassion training via a mobile application and its effectiveness on personal well-being. The symposium extends our understanding of self-compassion across the ecological systems and sheds light on practical implications of promoting self-compassion in the society.
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