Self-esteem vs self acceptance

PositivityLife can be complicated, there are so many pressures and influences on us that we spend our time responding to that it can be hard to know ourselves, what we really think and feel. It can often be that we have a public façade that we put on to face the world that is very different to what we feel inside. We can be left wondering, who are we really?

When who we are on the inside is quite different to who we are on the outside it can indicate a lack of comfort revealing our true selves, and this can be for many reasons, including our own lack of self acceptance. Many people talk about the importance of self esteem, however self esteem is largely based on external factors such as achievements and acceptance from others. From a CBT perspective it isn’t self esteem that we strive for, it’s self acceptance – knowing that we are okay the way we are, in all our imperfections, regardless of what we have and haven’t achieved. It’s this place of self acceptance where true inner peace can be achieved.

From a CBT perspective it isn’t self esteem that we strive for, it’s self acceptance – knowing that we are okay the way we are, in all our imperfection, regardless of what we have and haven’t achieved. It’s this place of self acceptance where true inner peace can be achieved.

This is an excerpt from one of the exercises available on the eTherapy site Enhance Your Life Therapy, a source of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy information and online support and consultation services. Membership to the site is free, your information is entirely confidential and you can delete your account at any time.

This article is associated with the “Who Am I?” exercise. For more information on how to complete this exercise go to http://enhanceyourlifetherapy.com/who-am-I/


This blog is associated with EnhanceYourLifeTherapy.com, a source of free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy self-help resources and affordable support services via online consultations with a certified CBT therapist.

 

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