A role for self-compassion in predicting pain, depression and anger in chronic pain

Takeaway

  • Psychological flexibility – avoidance specifically, appears more relevant than self-compassion as a coping strategy for individuals with chronic pain.

Why this matters

  • Self-compassion is associated with disability, pain-related anxiety, depression and anger in chronic pain patients, but its value versus other behavioral concepts such as self-esteem and psychological flexibility is unknown.

  • Greater understanding of the emotional/psychological factors that could be utilized as coping strategies to support chronic pain treatment is required, as research shows that patients with cognitive resilience have more favorable outcomes.