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Addressing Identity Threat with Self-Compassion

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These slides are from a workshop for Facilitators in Spring, 2018 at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.

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Addressing Identity Threat with Self-Compassion

  1. 1. Self Compassion • Identity Threat • and Self-Compassion Adressing Identity Threat with Self-Compassion Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD
  2. 2. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Identity is: the stories that we hold about ourselves, stories shaped by family, society and culture. We enact our identity. Identity Threat
  3. 3. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Identity Threat You can feel a threat response when… you perceive that a situation threatens your identity story.
  4. 4. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Identity Threat Three common Identity Threat triggers: Am I lovable? Am I competent? Am I a good person?
  5. 5. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Identity threat responses: denial exaggeration self-criticism confusion isolation/withdrawal A perceived threat to one’s identity will trigger the same physiological stress response as a threat to life.
  6. 6. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Stereotype Threat is a kind of Identity threat. It involves a threat to one of our social identities, e.g. role, gender, race, ethnicity, SES/class, sexual orientation, ability, religion. Stereotype Threat
  7. 7. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD “The tendency to expect, perceive, and be influenced by negative stereotypes about one's social category” Claude Steele Stereotype Threat
  8. 8. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Any social identity group can experience it. One is most vulnerable when perceiving that task performance is important. Stereotype threat is often unconscious. Source: Claude Steele Stereotype Threat
  9. 9. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD • In the environment, the presence of: • People • Words • Clothing • Sounds • Artifacts • Food Source: Claude Steele How is Identity/Stereotype Threat triggered?
  10. 10. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD •Anxiety up •Heart rate up •Blood pressure up •Task Performance down Source: Claude Steele Identity/Stereotype Threat Effects
  11. 11. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD What insights about Identity/Stereotype Threat do you have? Being a leader with your social identities, how do you experience triggers in your environment? Inquiry
  12. 12. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Self Compassion Identity Threat and Self-Compassion Antidotes to Identity/Stereotype Threat
  13. 13. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Moving from Threat Response to Self-Compassion image credit: Emma Seppala
  14. 14. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Mindfulness “I am Suffering” Common Humanity “Others feel this too” Self- kindness Act kindly to self + + Self-Compassion: A Three Component Model Dr. Kristin Neff
  15. 15. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD When you are in a difficult situation… 1. “I feel ____. There is suffering here.” (Mindfulness) 2. “Suffering is part of life. I’m not alone.” (Common humanity) 3. Say or do something kind for yourself (Self-Kindness) Self-Compassion Protocol (Neff) source: Kristin Neff & Chris Germer
  16. 16. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Acts of self-Kindness that counter identity threat: Mentorship Being playful Positive self narratives
  17. 17. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Benefits of Self-Compassion Self-Regulation Motivation Prevention of empathy fatigue Reduced isolation Resilience Increased Accountability Shame reduction Learning Mindset
  18. 18. Pien van den Herik, MA Tiffany von Emmel, PhD Reflecting on your identity, how do you want to see yourself as a leader in the upcoming year? What do you want to do differently? Inquiry
  19. 19. includeleadership.com inclusive leadership development Dr. Tiffany von Emmel tiffany@includeleadership.com Pien van den Herik, MA pien@includeleadership.com

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