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Self-acceptance By Kristin Barton Cuthriell

October 5, 2013


By Kristin Barton Cuthriell


Self-acceptance: Do you accept you?

People often don’t realize that the cause of many physical, social, and emotional problems is the lack of self-acceptance. When people don’t accept themselves, they’re more likely to be anxious, become depressed, and compare themselves to others. They are more likely to be defensive, angry, jealous, and envious. People who are not happy with who they are either have a difficult time admitting mistakes because their flaws make them feel worthless or they go around blaming themselves for the mistakes of others.

People who do not accept themselves often live in fear of what others may think of them. They may become approval addicts and lose sight of who they truly are. They may spend so much time pleasing others that they become miserable themselves. People full of self-contempt sometimes overcompensate and develop narcissistic qualities with an inflated ego. The outside world may view them as extremely confident, but inside they always feel like they have something to prove. They feel like they have to be superior to others or they feel absolutely worthless.

We are each made uniquely special- unlike any other human on this earth. We all have strengths, and we all have areas of needed growth. If we could stop comparing ourselves to others and open our eyes to what it is that makes us who we are, we would live a happier healthier life. If we could all adopt an attitude of self-acceptance we would treat ourselves and others with more compassion. By doing this our lives would improve, our relationships would improve, and our world would improve.


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