Introduction to Self-Acceptance: Theory, Theology and Therapy.- Humanistic Psychology and Self-Acceptance.- Self-Acceptance in Buddhism.- Self-Acceptance and Christian Theology.- The Value of a Human Being.- Psychologically Flexible Self-Acceptance.- Unconditional Positive Self-Regard.- Unconditional Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion.- Self-Acceptance and Happiness.- Measuring and Characterizing Unconditional Self-Acceptance.- Self-Acceptance in the Education and Counseling of Young People.- Self-Acceptance and the Parenting of Children.- Self-Acceptance and Successful Relationships.- Self-Acceptance in Women.- Self-Acceptance and Chronic Illness.- Compassionate Self-Acceptance and Aging.
Self-acceptance is recognized in diverse schools of Christian and Eastern theology as well as in various schools of counseling and psychotherapy (e.g., Humanistic, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy) as a major contributor to mental health, life satisfaction and wellness. A review of the professional literature reveals there is no text that spells out how different theologies, theories of personality and approaches to counseling and therapy conceptualize self-acceptance and how this concept is interrelated to
other aspects and constructs of spirituality and psychological functioning
(e.g., flexibility, mindfulness). Additionally, the field of positive
psychology, which studies the character strengths and virtues that help
individuals to experience well-being and to flourish, has largely ignored the
concept of self-acceptance.
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