A growing body of research indicates that self-compassion and self-esteem contribute to overall optimism and hopefulness. Self-compassion is a more stable and enduring trait in positive mood states, openness, and resilience and is a stronger healing agent for depression, anxiety, self-loathing, and self-injurious behaviors. The Caring Observer is a role created through psychodrama to evoke a warm embrace of the self, the ability to hold one's self in kindness through suffering, and the sense of feeling connected to humanity rather than isolated and ashamed—all traits of self-compassion.

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