In order to move forward on my journey of personal growth I have had to accept some things about myself that I don’t like. In the past I have tried telling myself that I will simply stop being this way, or I will get rid of that part of me, I will change it. I have always failed, and then felt even worse.
The one thing I have never tried is owning it, holding it in my hands and saying this is mine. I have just started reading about Carl Jung’s theory of the shadow self. It’s very interesting, and maybe is the answer to why nothing else has ever worked. If you don’t own your imperfections and your darkness, they will continually work against you. If you own it and are aware of it, you can have better control over it.
I’m by no means an expert, I have only just started reading about it, but so far it’s enlightening.