Radical Self Acceptance
Dr. Stacey Thomas, a psychologist and creator of the Growing Forward Journal, discusses the importance of radical self-acceptance in the journaling process. She encourages viewers to repeat the mantra, “There is nothing you could possibly say, think, or feel that would ever compromise my love for you,” as a means of cultivating self-compassion. Dr. Stacey acknowledges the inner critic, the harsh inner judge, which many people, particularly those with perfectionistic tendencies, have come to rely on for motivation. She emphasizes that this inner critic is unnecessary and that the practice invites participants to let go of this self-sabotaging aspect, fostering self-compassion instead. In the next video, she will delve into mindfulness and its integration within expressive writing.