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Best of Our Blogs: July 31, 2015

JudgePeople who gossip, criticize and judge others are only reflecting their own insecurities and self-criticism. I know that when I’m a harsh judge to others it’s because I’m struggling with accepting myself.

The hardest thing to overcome in life isn’t something someone said to you or the insensitive thing they did, it’s the past action you haven’t been able to forgive yourself for. Every judgment you place upon others is a way, albeit an unhelpful one, to make you feel better about yourself.

But how do you cope with the wretched feeling you feel when you’ve compromised your health, safety, success or relationship out of fear?

It’s an ongoing work in progress that involves consistent self-compassion, acceptance and a fierce commitment to forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for being less than perfect. Forgive yourself for sacrificing your long-term happiness for a little short-term comfort. Forgive yourself for not knowing any better. In doing so, you’ll move on from the life you were living yesterday to a richer life filled with love, acceptance, and freedom. This week’s posts on self-acceptance and unconditional love will help get you there.

Bipolar II is Not Diet Bipolar
(Bipolar Laid Bare) – Comparing whether bipolar I with bipolar II is worse won’t get you anywhere. This post lays down the differences and explains why both are difficult to distinguish, diagnose and deal with.

Mental Health: 12 Things Adopted/Foster Children Wish You Knew
(Caregivers, Family & Friends) – Adopting and fostering a child is a beautiful and admirable experience, but one that comes with unexpected challenges. Here are a few things adopted and foster children wish you knew about their mental and behavioral health problems.

Top 3 Signs That a Person You Know is Suffering from Depression and Needs to See a Professional
(Practical Psychoanalysis) – Because many people who suffer from severe depression do not seek help, we sometimes need to be the ones to help them. Here are three signs to watch out for.

The Greatest Gifts My Dog Gave Me
(Cubanity: Brian Cuban’s Recovery Rantings) – You feel unlovable, unworthy and incapable of loving someone else. You get a pet and that changes everything. You know the story all to well and will re-experience your own special bond with your furry friend after reading this.

The Art of Self Acceptance
(Bipolar Update) – You’re working through your own personal recovery journey and struggling with self-acceptance in the process. This will help you to become kinder, more accepting and more of yourself.

Best of Our Blogs: July 31, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: July 31, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 27, 2020, from
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