The Importance Of Self-Acceptance

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Self-acceptance can be a pretty broad term. It can address many different facets of the human experience. It can be talking about your looks, your ideology, your situation; really anything that you experience in your life. That’s why it is important to define it in the way that I see it, because so many others can have a different perception of what it really means. To me, acceptance is acknowledging your flaws and learning to be okay with who you are as a person; no strings attached. In the past, self-acceptance was viewed in a much different light that it is today. Past societal views on the topic were a bit hazier than now. It is hard to exactly grasp how a society felt about a topic after the time has passed, but according to M. O’Kelly in a book composed by Michael E Bernard, “The Strength of Self-Acceptance: Theory, Practice and Research”, in the past it was considered in a woman’s “best interest” to internalize generally feminine qualities and not push the boundaries of what was considered normal. The book also touches on how men who forced themselves to take on an internalized masculine approach to their life, scored significantly lower than women on tests of personal growth and…show more content…
It has been somewhat rejected in the past, and now it is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. In short, don’t worry about the guy on twitter that has more followers than you, fear not the people that may make you feel insecure because of the way that they speak to you or about you, because at the end of the day the only opinion that matters is yours. My personal journey is what led me to my personal definition of the term: being completely O.K. with who you are and not worrying about other’s opinions. My self-acceptance has unequivocally made me happier, and I believe that it would make you feel the same way. Love yourself! Be different. You deserve to be happy, free of what other’s expectations of you
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