About this book
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.