Self-acceptance can be difficult to achieve because, for many of us, we have been taught our whole lives to focus on what we could be doing better rather than what we are already doing right. For example, try to recall your strengths and weaknesses. You may notice that it's so much easier to think of what your weaknesses are rather than your strengths. For many, self-acceptance can feel like a strange, almost forbidden thing.
However, self-acceptance is essential for overall well-being. Many people lack contentment, satisfaction, and happiness in life because they don't know how to love and accept themselves. Learning how to love and value oneself takes time and persistence, but online therapy for self-acceptance can help people uncover the roadblocks that are keeping them from loving themselves and overcome feelings of self-hate.
Narcissism is a buzzword these days, but self-acceptance and narcissism should not be confused with one another. Narcissism is characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, excessive need for praise, and self-entitlement that disregards the feelings and care of others while prioritizing the self. Self-acceptance, on the other hand, is not self-centered. Instead, a healthy sense of self-acceptance is unconditional acceptance and appreciation for oneself as a whole. It's loving yourself with the same vigor and intensity regardless of what you do or how you feel.
Developing compassion for oneself is a core principle of self-acceptance. Compassion in this sense means a person accepts themselves completely (flaws and all), is willing to acknowledge and meet their own needs, and doesn't succumb to negative or judgmental thinking. For most people, this isn't something that is implemented once and then remains constant. It requires consistent work, mindfulness, and self-affirmation.
Online therapy for self-acceptance can help people learn how to accept their shortcomings and feel more confident. It can teach them how to shut down the negative voice inside them and practice self-acceptance in healthy, wholesome ways each day. And as a result, those who know how to accept themselves will also know how to accept others even better. Online therapy for self-acceptance with 7 Cups is affordable, convenient, and anonymous, and will help you learn what it means and how good it can feel to practice self-acceptance day in and day out.
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