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Making peace with the parts of ourselves that aren’t so pretty—cynical, self-righteous, afraid, weak—isn’t easy. What can make it possible, says Boston therapist Aimee Falchuk, is when we realize that “negative” traits often stem from adaptive strategies we once created to protect ourselves, but that we no longer need and can now let go of. This kind of self-exploration, Falchuk explains, ultimately allows us to become comfortable with who we really are.

Making peace with the parts of ourselves that aren’t so pretty—cynical, self-righteous, afraid, weak—isn’t easy. What can make it possible, says Boston therapist Aimee Falchuk, is when we realize that “negative” traits often stem from adaptive strategies we once created to protect ourselves, but that we no longer need and can now let go of. This kind of self-exploration, Falchuk explains, ultimately allows us to become comfortable with who we really are.

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