Satyam Choudhuri, BHSc

Satyam Choudhuri, BHSc
MD Candidate, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Satyam Choudhuri is a second year medical student at McMaster University and is a co-author for RESPITE: Resilience in the Era of Sustainable Physicians. He has been practicing mindfulness since the age of 14, and has participated in numerous mindfulness-based psychotherapies. He is open about his battles with anxiety & depression, and seeks to break down stigma among health-care providers.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) for Skeptical Highly-Driven Perfectionists
Sunday, May 3, 2020 — 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

In a busy, cut-throat, goal-oriented society, is there room for being kind to ourselves? Does being kind to yourself make you lazy, unmotivated and lacking the ferocity necessary to ‘make it in life’? Is self-compassion just a pity party for oneself?

All of these questions will be addressed in this experiential and hands-on workshop, as participants explore self-compassion through the lens of a “skeptic”. Kristin Neff’s three-pronged model of Self Compassion will be presented, along with several exercises that have a mindfulness focus. Recent literature on Self-Compassion will be showcased, including evidence supporting self-compassion’s role in psychopathology (e.g. anxiety, depression), overall well-being, and motivation. Participants will be also be invited to share their triumphs, tribulations, and doubts with regards to self-compassion in small groups, and collaborate and share ways to incorporate kindness into our daily lives.

Participants will come away with:

  • Understanding recent evidence on self-compassion and its role in well-being and psychopathology (e.g. anxiety, depression)
  • Exploring doubts and skepticism towards self-compassion, and what one can do to address these doubts
  • Learning tangible, practical and highly applicable exercises to practice self-compassion in everyday life