An Interview with psychotherapist Jean Fain about self-compassion for chronic dieters. Jean describes research showing that self-compassion messages can reduce over-eating and binging. She demonstrates that will-power and self-discipline do not tend to work, and over time lead to weight gain. She describes different practices for accessing self-compassion, through mindful awareness, self-kindness and cultivating a sense of connection to others. Jean’s book, The Self-Compassion Diet comes out in January.