Rather than ask about social anxiety, depression, loneliness, or similar issues I see mentioned all too often on the INFP subforums, I'd like to discuss what I imagine to be one of the core causes of the above issues.
Specifically, I'd like to hear your personal experience and advice regarding how to learn to love and accept yourself.
Whether you're just starting out on your path to self-acceptance, or you already treat yourself with the love and kindness we each deserve to treat ourselves with (without being arrogant, self-centred, or narcissistic mind you), I would love to hear:
- What steps you were/are taking to cultivate a healthy love and acceptance of yourself
- How the above steps have been working for you
- How you felt/feel as a result of the above actions you've been taking
- Plus whatever else you have to offer related to the topic!
Personally, I would love to hear @IcarusDreams take on this, since he seems like a shining example of what to strive for in terms of having a healthy love and respect for oneself.
In my case, I've realized that insufficient self-love and self-acceptance are most likely the main causes of my social anxiety and depression. Thus, I'd prefer to work on this root cause, rather than simply address the symptoms.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to go about fixing this issue.
That's where I'm hoping you come in.
Here's to (potential) inner love and peace!