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The Strength of Self-Acceptance

Theory, Practice and Research

Bernard, Michael E. (Ed.)

2013, XIX, 288 p. 7 illus.

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  • Combines theories of personality with practical approaches
  • Includes a chapter by Steven Hayes
  • Includes a broad range of international scholars and multi-disciplinary contributions from theology, psychology, and counseling

The rationale for this book is the exploration of how different theories (e.g., humanistic, cognitive-behavioral), theologies (e.g., Christianity, Buddhism) and therapies (e.g., REBT, CBT, ACT) view self-acceptance as a catalyst for the alleviation of emotional misery as well as an energizer supporting growth towards happiness and fulfillment.

 An additional rationale for this book is the desire to see self-acceptance recognized in the field of positive psychology as a fundamental character strength contributing to flourishing.

Divided between theory and practice, The Strength of Self-Acceptance assembles current research  and seminal theory on self-acceptance both as scientific construct and as character strength in one lucid, well-documented reference.

An expert panel of international scholars and practitioners examines links between self-acceptance and related concepts such as self-esteem, self-awareness, acceptance of others, and happiness.

Specific areas for practice include parenting, education, relationships, women's and older people's issues, and chronic illness, as well as guidelines for developing self-acceptance in therapy with all clients, and for measuring client progress. Throughout, self-acceptance is revealed not merely as a desirable state, but one essential to positive development and fulfillment. Included in the coverage:

  • What Maslow, Rogers and May have to say about self-acceptance
  • Albert Ellis and Steven Hayes present their views
  • Buddhist radical acceptance and the willingness to experience and accept whatever is taking place in the moment
  • How Christian scripture through the lessons of Jesus Christ teaches that sin does not reduce human worth
  • The human biological propensity for self-depreciation and the importance of teaching unconditional self-acceptance
  • Ways to measure self-acceptance.
  • Classroom and counselling strategies for teaching self-acceptance to young people.
  • Self-acceptance as an integral component of comprehensive mental health programsThe importance of social interest and responsibility in the encouragement of self-acceptance
  • Compassionate self-acceptance and the aging process

 The Strength of Self-Acceptance offers a profound understanding of the nuances of self-acceptance to scholars in theology, psychology, counseling, and psychotherapy. In addition, the book should have an immediate impact on the work of counselors, clinicians and therapists.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Measuring and characterizing unconditional self-acceptance - Self-Acceptance and Happiness - Self-Acceptance and Psychological Flexibility - Self-Acceptance and Self-Esteem - Self-Acceptance and aging - Self-Acceptance and raising children - Self-Acceptance and self-compassion - Self-Acceptance and successful relationships - Self-Acceptance and the education of young people - Self-Acceptance and women - Self-Acceptance in Buddhism - Self-Acceptance in Christian Theology - Self-Acceptance in Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy

Related subjects » Personality & Social Psychology - Psychology - Psychotherapy & Counseling

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