Self-acceptance is defined as an individuals acceptance of all of his/her attributes, positive or negative. It includes body acceptance, self-protection from negative criticism, and believing in ones capacities.
There can be many reasons for this, but one widely accepted theory is that because we develop our self-esteem, in part, from others appreciating us, people with low self-acceptance may have had parents who lacked empathy during their childhood. In other words, ordinary levels of approval do not move the needle on their self-esteem.
How to bolster your self-acceptance
There are three ways to increase self-acceptance:
Meditation as a path to self-acceptance
Self-acceptance can also be achieved by two other kinds of meditation: mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation.
Not all of these methods work for everyone. And while double-blind placebo-controlled trials remain the scientific gold standard to assess whether each intervention “works,” they are limited too. They tell us little about what will work for an individual — an individual is, by definition, uniquely different from everyone, including study participants. So, it is most important to do what works for you. Self-acceptance is key to a healthy emotional and psychological life. Start exploring what works for you today.
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