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By Marilyn Allen PhD

The willingness to recognise and accept how things are is acceptance. One must have the courage to allow negative thinking to influence the way we understand things without allowing it to control our approach to the future. Acceptance does not require that we give up when we have issues that impact negatively. It can be argued that acceptance requires that we refuse to live in denial and might go further to challenge the deeply held beliefs of self worth. Having a compassionate relationship with the self implies acceptance. Heal yourself by overcoming your bias of negativity towards yourself. References Luoma, J. B., Hayes, S. C., & Walser, R.D., 2018 Learning ACT: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Skills Training Manual for Therapists. 2nd Edition. New Harbinger Mate, G. 2019. When The Body Says No. Penguin.

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