Self-compassion is not the same thing as self-esteem. Self-esteem is feeling good about oneself, often in a way that relies on recent achievements, self-confidence or superiority. Self-compassion, however, is the behavior of treating oneself kindly, respectfully and with empathy. It promotes emotional resilience in a way that self-esteem cannot. It’s doing what’s in your own best interest, gently and without letting yourself off the hook. People with high levels of self-compassion tend to take more personal responsibility than people with high self-esteem, and they have a more stable sense of self-worth. Because kindness to self doesn’t fluctuate based on external circumstances, people with self-compassion are better able to buffer themselves against life stressors, are less likely to get angry at others, and are more able to tolerate opinions that differ from their own.