Fierce Self-Compassion

Why is self-compassion especially important in places like universities? As we demand a lot of ourselves, we also tend to demand a lot of others, too. We tend to think that when we are demanding towards ourselves, we perform better, and that self-compassion leads us to lower performance, laziness and too much comfort. But fierce self-compassion means learning to harness our anger and transform it into qualities like courage and strength. Instead of being emotionally reactive, it means finding space to work the anger out, transforming it into actions. Psychologist Paula Sjöblom meets with her colleague Merita Petäjä, the manager of the Oasis of Radical Wellbeing at Aalto University.