Self-acceptance

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Carl Jung said: “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

It’s a universal truth that not everyone will love you or what you do. Seeking approval is the surest way to disappointment, because loving yourself as long as you live up to a certain way of being isn’t self-love. It’s the path to self-destruction.

The key difference between self-acceptance and self-esteem is this: whereas self-esteem plots your worth in conditional and external terms, self-acceptance is no strings attached. If you allow your worth to rise and fall depending on other people’s approval, how you look in comparison to others, or how many followers you have on Instagram, you will never be happy.

Remember this today: You are entirely acceptable and worthy of love, exactly the way you are, and regardless of what other people think.

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd