The importance of self-compassion and self-acceptance

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Often, we are our own greatest obstacles to achieving happiness and well-being. Sometimes we criticize ourselves more than others will, putting ourselves down, and the enemy is within rather than without. Many people have a negative voice in their head that blames them for problems and ridicules them for faults.

When something goes wrong, rather than seeing it as a mishap, the negative voice assigns personal blame: “What is the matter with me that no one likes me? Why do I always push people away?” This negative self-judgment can make lives miserable. People with mental health problems such as depression or anxiety may also add self-blame, making things worse: “What is the matter with me that I get so down? I hate myself for feeling this way.”  Click here to read more...