Tara Parker-Pope
2 minute read
17 Jan 2020
4:46 pm

How to be a better friend: practice acceptance

Tara Parker-Pope

Friends aren’t perfect.

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Sometimes they will disappoint you. Sometimes they will neglect you. But sometimes being a good friend means giving your friend a pass and accepting their flaws. In couples therapy, romantic partners are often reminded of the value of acceptance, and the same theory can apply to friendships. For many of us, acceptance feels like the safest way to navigate the negatives of a friendship. The main idea behind acceptance therapy is that accepting another person’s traits and behaviours often leads to compassion. When romantic partners or friends learn to use compassion in dealing with each other, they tend to become...