Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Acceptance, in holiness, mindfulness, and human psychology, usually refers to the experience of a situation without a meaning to change that situation.
Acceptance does not require that change is likely or even conceivable, nor does it require that the situation be desired or approved by those tolerant it.
Indeed, acceptance is often suggested when a state of affairs is both disliked and unchangeable, or when change may be possible only at great cost or risk.
Acceptance may entail only a lack of outward, behavioral attempts at possible change, but the word is also used more purposely for a felt or hypothesized
cognitive or emotional state. Thus an important person may decide to take no action against a situation and yet be supposed to have not accepted it.
Acceptance is contrasted with confrontation, but that term has strong political and psychoanalytic connotations not applicable in several contexts.
Acceptance is sometimes used with notions of compliance: "Even if an un chosen, undesired, inescapable situation befalls me, I can still freely choose to
accept it." By groups and by persons, acceptance can be of various events and conditions in the world; individuals may also believe elements of their own
thoughts, feelings, and personal histories. For example, psychotherapeutic handling of a person with depression or anxiety could involve development
acceptance either for whatever personal circumstances may give rise to those feelings or for the approach themselves.

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