Month: August 2013

Acceptance is not “Putting Up With”

We talk a lot about acceptance, but people often reject it because they take it to mean “having to put up with“, so I want to examine in more detail how and where it applies.
The acceptability of actions lies on a spectrum, but let’s divide that into three.
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Back to the Myth of Inevitable Conflict Within a Relationship, Acceptance

It is possible to live and love within a relationship without having conflict. We are merely taught that conflict is inevitable, and we have come to believe it. We expect it. Many people thrive off it, thinking that it shows there is deep caring, and emotion.
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Finding acceptance

It’s pretty clear that one key to a good relationship is complete acceptance of the other. All their actions are OK; nothing is barred or criticized. By doing so, you offer a safe space for the other to be in. They have the option to express themselves however they want, without fear of criticism, and this freedom gives them the opportunity to be authentic, to find themselves, to live to the fullest.
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