Is your acceptance conditional?

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Tolerance is the belief that people who disagree with us have the right to. Isn’t it important to accept and respect the opinions, thoughts, feelings, choices, and decisions of every individual rather than see it as a mission to convince the person why they’re wrong, misinformed, or whatever if their views are different?
IMG_0251When we accept and respect the beliefs of other people, we demonstrate tolerance—we allow them to be who they are and we focus on who we are. If we become upset, resentful, or hurt, when someone disagrees with our beliefs, then we’re not accepting and respecting the other person. We’re saying that our acceptance of them is conditional on their compliance with our opinions. As we accept others as they are, we’re able to learn about different beliefs and preferences of other people.

Controlling someone is the opposite of accepting someone because the acceptance is conditional on that person’s compliance—agreement with us. We place the other person in the position of having no freedom to disagree with us or state different thoughts, opinions, needs, or preferences. People do have the right to see things differently, to prefer something else, and to do things the way we wouldn’t. They may even be wrong, but people have the right to be wrong.

Look at any need to control other people today; and instead of attempting to sway them to your views, ask more about theirs. Dr. Sandy

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7 thoughts on “Is your acceptance conditional?

  1. EdenOOstroot

    Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading
    through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you
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    1. Dr. Sandy NelsonDr. Sandy Nelson Post author

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    1. Dr. Sandy NelsonDr. Sandy Nelson Post author

      I’m touched by your kind words, thank you. In addition to E-Couch.net, you can visit me on m Facebook page at: facebook.com/ecouch.net. Also, please consider subscribing to E-Couch where new posts arrive in your email.

      Thanks again and all good wishes,
      Dr. Sandy Nelson

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