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Greater self-acceptance improves emotional well-being

By: Srini Pillay, M.D., Contributing Editor Self-acceptance is defined as “an individual's acceptance of all of his/her attributes, positive or negative.” It includes body acceptance, self-protection from negative criticism, and believing in one’s capacities. Many people have low self-acceptance. There can be many reasons for this, but one widely accepted theory is that because we develop our self-esteem, in part, from others appreciating us, people with low self-acceptance may have had parents who lacked…

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