On self-acceptance

1. Decide you don’t accept yourself.

2. Decide that the way to accept yourself is to get others to accept you.

3. Make every effort to get others to accept you, carefully hiding any parts of you they may find unacceptable.

4. When you win acceptance by others, dismiss this as meaningless, since they don’t know the real you.

5. When you are rejected by others, take this as confirmation that you are unacceptable.

6. Return to step 1 and repeat.

~ From the forthcoming Monkeytraps in Everyday Life: A Guide for Control Addicts

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