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Views & Reviews Review of the Week


BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 17 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1277


Self-acceptance is the ultimate act of courage and compassion. After all, none
of us really likes himself, and we all pretend to be someone we’re not. The
road to self-acceptance is bumpy, and there is much denial and pretense along
the way. How can we expedite or ensure self-acceptance? We should regard
self-acceptance as a lifelong goal that needs constant self-examination plus
nurturing from family, friends, and professionals. The world would be a better
place, if we could all learn to accept ourselves and others.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

07 May 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA