Dr Diana Nechita, Ph.D
Dr Diana Nechita, Ph.D

Invited Paper: Unconditional self-acceptance and self-compassion: different constructs or different labels?

Time: Video recording available all day

Invited speaker: Dr Diana Nechita, Ph.D. Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

Unconditional self-acceptance is a key construct of REBT which focuses on accepting the self as it is, human and fallible, without evaluating one’s worth. On the other hand, self-compassion, a construct which gained increased popularity in the last few years, is characterized by kindness and understanding towards oneself, by seeing one’s fallibility as part of the human condition, and by mindful awareness of one’s own painful thoughts, feelings, actions and emotions. This presentation will focus on the results of our research which investigated the impact of unconditional self-acceptance and self-compassion on several relevant constructs. Theoretical and practical implications will be discussed.

Dr Diana Nechita, Ph.D. is assistant professor and postdoctoral researcher at Babeș-Bolyai University, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. Diana is a certified clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist by both the Romanian Board of Psychologists and Albert Ellis Institute. Her research interests and expertise are related to evidence-based psychotherapies for anxiety and eating disorders, self-conscious emotions and their regulation.