In an effort to protect our vulnerable selves, we hide and repress who we really are and only reveal our sparkling, shiny parts. But that shadow, the parts we deem unlovable, still exists. And wouldn’t you know? They often show up in our judgment and criticism of others.
Sometimes that criticism comes in the form of mocking and complaining about people who appear to be different than us. It’s the socially awkward neighbor, the overly sensitive friend or your partner who seems to constantly struggle with a mental illness. Yet, the more we criticize them, the more we unknowingly hurt ourselves.
Surprisingly, the one way we can learn how to love who we are, flaws and all, is to begin to change the way we perceive those we criticize. This means being open to understanding the introvert, the emotionally sensitive, those who are afraid of seeking help themselves. The posts this week, which delve into these topics and more, will give you a chance to practice acceptance and compassion for your loved ones and that in turn will help you to better love yourself.
Introverts in an Extraverted World
(Good Life with Coaching & Learning) – If you’ve felt misunderstood as an introvert, you’ll appreciate this post. You may even want to share it with your extraverted friends.
What’s the Deal With Spiritual Intelligence?
(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Spiritual intelligence could improve your future and offer you a deeper connection to life as a whole. To find out how spiritually intelligent you are and learn ways to boost your own intelligence, read here.
(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – Did you know the road to self-love requires you to be self-less? Instead of filling yourself up with positive, but empty statements, try relieving yourself of constant self-judging and criticizing. This post will help you began the process of letting go of your need to judge yourself.
A Few Thoughts About Accepting “No”
(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – Who knew those two letters could harbor so much hurt and pain? When someone rejects your suggestion, idea, request, etc., it can be devastating for someone who is emotionally sensitive. But learning to cope could mean the difference between having a loving, trustworthy relationship and an untrustworthy, unhealthy one. Find out why here.
Avoiding Professional Help for Mental Illness: Is it Over-Confidence Or Courage?
(Mental Health Humor) – Too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing especially when it comes to being overly confident about your mental illness. Read this as a wake up call to finally seek the help you need.
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