Compassion for Others Scales

Pommier‚ E. A. 2011
Dr. Pommier at [email protected]
Dr. Neff at [email protected]
1. When people cry in front of me‚ I often don’t feel anything at all.
2. Sometimes when people talk about their problems‚ I feel like I don’t care.
3. I don’t feel emotionally connected to people in pain.
4. I pay careful attention when other people talk to me.
5. I feel detached from others when they tell me their tales of woe.
6. If I see someone going through a difficult time‚ I try to be caring toward that person.
7. I often tune out when people tell me about their troubles.
8. I like to be there for others in times of difficulty.
9. I notice when people are upset‚ even if they don’t say anything.
10. When I see someone feeling down‚ I feel like I can’t relate to them.
11. Everyone feels down sometimes‚ it is part of being human.
12. Sometimes I am cold to others when they are down and out.
13. I tend to listen patiently when people tell me their problems.
14. I don’t concern myself with other people’s problems.
15. It’s important to recognize that all people have weaknesses and no one’s perfect.
16. My heart goes out to people who are unhappy.
17. Despite my differences with others‚ I know that everyone feels pain just like me.
18. When others are feeling troubled‚ I usually let someone else attend to them.
19. I don’t think much about the concerns of others.
20. Suffering is just a part of the common human experience.
21. When people tell me about their problems‚ I try to keep a balanced perspective on the situation.
22. I can’t really connect with other people when they’re suffering.
23. I try to avoid people who are experiencing a lot of pain.
24. When others feel sadness‚ I try to comfort them.
Kindness‚ Indifference‚ Common Humanity‚ Separation‚ Mindfulness‚ and Disengagement
1 = Almost Never‚ 2‚ 3=Sometimes‚ 4‚ 5 = Almost Always
Kindness Items: 6‚ 8‚ 16‚ & 24
Indifference Items: 2‚ 12‚ 14‚ & 18 (Reversed Scored)
Common Humanity: 11‚ 15‚ 17‚ & 20
Separation: 3‚ 5‚ 10‚ & 22 (Reversed Scored)
Mindfulness: 4‚ 9‚ 13‚ & 21
Disengagement: 1‚ 7‚ 19‚ & 23 (Reverse Scored)
To compute a total self-compassion score‚ reverse score the negative subscale items – self-judgment‚ isolation‚ and over-identification
To Whom it May Concern:
Please feel free to use the Self-Compassion Scale – Short Form in your research (12 items instead of 26 items). The short scale has a near perfect correlation with the long scale when examining total scores. We do not recommend using the short form if you are interested in subscale scores‚ since they’re less reliable with the short form. You can e-mail me with any questions you may have. The appropriate reference is listed below.
Best wishes‚
Kristin Neff‚ Ph. D.

Pommier‚ E. A. (2011). The compassion scale. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences‚ 72‚ 1174.