Therapy Thursday

How do we work with our imperfections instead of pushing them away?

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Awareness – Acceptance – Compassion

When I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

– Carl Rogers

If we do not accept ourselves, our ability to love and be loved decreases and our “internal war” increases.

 Imperfections… Fears… Uncertainties… yield our super-strengths.

Ultimately, leading to our full potential.

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How do we let in compassion?



Recognition of Common Humanity.

-Kristin Neff, PhD

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What is self-acceptance?

An ultimate “peace pact” between you and yourself.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The sum of our parts; that is, the good, bad, and in between…

…is a beautifulunique being.


“I am enough and there is still work I want to do.”


Bottom Line:

Increased Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion produces…

…Increased Resilience, Optimism, Curiosity, and Life Satisfaction.


Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.





Kolber, P. (2018). The Perfectionist Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely, and Unleash Your Joy. Da Capo Press. NY: New York. Pg. 51-58.




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