Self-acceptance is the active, honest acknowledgement and appreciation of our capabilities, talents, and physicality—all of our strengths and weaknesses. It is the act of recognizing our whole self, of integrating all aspects of ourselves into our self-image. But self-acceptance is not resignation! It is instigating self-development from a basis of compassion instead of criticism. The expectations we receive and internalize from our many identities—and our image-obsessed culture—can make self-acceptance difficult, but understanding how to balance a desire for change with our inner critic is essential to happiness and health. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be: Where to Start

We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.

Help Me Change the World

You will change the world by loving yourself, by enjoying life, by making your personal world a dream of heaven.

Deepak Chopra on Why a Meaningful Life Rests Upon Developing a Meaningful Self

Much like the problematic nature of building a home on a flimsy foundation, so is the challenge of going into the world and creating relationships with neglect for a positive relationship with yourself.

What Does It Mean to Be Self-Actualized in the 21st Century?

Many people are familiar with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, in which he argued that basic needs such as safety, belonging, and self-esteem must be satisfied (to a reasonable healthy degree) before being able to fully realize one's unique creative and humanitarian potential.

What Is Self-Actualization? 13 Traits of Self-Actualized People

If becoming a self-actualized person means realizing our greatest talents and achieving our greatest potential, how do we go about doing that? How do we achieve self-actualization?

The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

The cause of and cure for the illusion of separateness that keeps us from embracing the richness of life.

Self Actualization: Individualistic or Holistic Connection?

Some practices can expand Abraham Maslow's notion of self-actualization, making it more socially conscious and group-oriented.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.