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Greater self-acceptance improves emotional well-being
- By Srini Pillay, MD, Contributor
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Srini Pillay, MD, Contributor
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I am shocked that they tell us suppression of negative emotion is a way to deal with low self-esteem given all the research demonstrating that suppression leads to both physical and mental health problems. Reappraisal is a much better solution than suppression with significant research backing up its benefits. With use it can become the automatic response so that it occurs before conscious cognition. Meditation is a helpful practice for nearly everyone, but it is still dose-dependent. Reappraisal is not dose-dependent because once something painful is reappraised the emotional response to situations that trigger the same memory are better than they were prior to reappraisal.
I’ve meditated quite a bit in the past. The reflection period, I find to be extremely helpful, but often times concentration is my downfall. I’ve combined Meditation daily with Noopept right before I sit down. I find the cognitive enhancements I get from NuSups have helped me go to another level. Do you have any thoughts on Nootropics and meditation being combined?
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I agree with your words… Meditation is good for health and it controls your feelings. And also its helpful for self acceptance.
Excellent post!!! I agree with your words that meditation is the best process for self acceptance. I’d like to say thanks for sharing this with us. Keep up blogging.
Elizabeth, we all have within us a particular person and you can be loving and kind out of compassion and empathy without having total acceptance of self. If we apply that kindness towards our self, we can experience changes that will not necessarily change how we project ourselves. And how others see you has more to do with their perception and possibly nothing to do with that needy person inside
I once had a discussion with a Buddhist and realized that our ways are different, but perhaps equally effective, and yet they are separated just by the juxtaposition of just a few letters: “You meditate for mindfulness; I medicate (cannabis) for mindlessness.”
Meditate, meditate, & meditate. this is the key to emotional well being. This will help a lot, many scholars or yogi gave their speech on advantages of meditation. Moreover many people have experienced the same.
how can you distinguish between healthy self-acceptance and resistance to self-assessment — or even narcissism?
Is it common for a person with low self-acceptance to come across as someone with overly high self-acceptance?
It may be.
In order to overcompensate, that is.
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