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Self-Acceptance Applied

This morning, for no apparent reason, I decided to compile a list of dumb-ass stuff I have done in my life. I stopped at 50 items. I am not talking little things, I am talking big ticket items that might have led to serious, even devastating consequences. I showed it to my wife. She wasn’t surprised – after 25 years with me she had heard of most of these and witnessed some of them first hand. I then did another dumb thing – tore up the list, put it into a frying pan and set it on fire on the back porch. No, I didn’t burn down the house. But just now my wife came into the room with “Did you burn something?” Oh, well … The age of wisdom is hopefully ahead.


The list is still growing in my mind.  And so is a sense of self-acceptance.

Self-Acceptance Applied

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2016). Self-Acceptance Applied. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 1, 2020, from


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