Self-Acceptance is also described as self-love, self-esteem, self-worth, self-empowerment. However subtle — there are differences in their meanings.
- SELF-ACCEPTANCE is an understanding and realistic view of your abilities and your limitations. Despite imperfection, you have a feeling of overall satisfaction. You are either practicing self-judgement or are in a place of self-acceptance.
- SELF-LOVE is supporting your physical, psychological, and spiritual growth. You are aware of your needs, take care of them, and not allowing your needs to be compromised.
- SELF-EMPOWERMENT is a feeling that you have control over your life, you set realistic goals for yourself, and you make positive choices in your life based on self-trust.
- SELF-ESTEEM depends on how we evaluate ourselves. It’s important to have high regard for ourselves, however, self-esteem usually is in comparison to others. High self-esteem can be a “better than” sort of concept – better than average. You may be above average, but above who? In self-esteem you may need to do more, be more because the above average scale can continue rise.
- SELF-WORTH is a deep knowing that you are worthy – just because you are a human being and deserve to be here – in this world. It’s an internal state – something that is not determined by outside forces. Needless to say, it is difficult to gain self-acceptance, self, love, self-empowerment without first cultivating a sense of self-worth.
Self-Acceptance is not:
- Putting others first/people pleasing (Co-Dependency)
- Self-Betrayal (Neglect our needs, deny our boundaries)
- Not having boundaries in relationships
- Judgement of self and others
In our work together, I will help you to cultivate self-acceptance navigate ways to provide yourself love, and empowerment. We can utilize mindfulness, self-compassion practices, healing exercises for your inner child, acceptance and commitment therapy, attachment style therapy and more.
Reach out today at Michaele Knous Counseling and Therapy in Naperville IL for a free 20 minute consultation.
“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you” – Rupi Kaur