The Verywell Mind Podcast How Radical Acceptance Can Reduce Your Suffering By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. Learn about our editorial process Published on October 08, 2021 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 111 More About the Podcast Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts Friday Fix: Episode 111 When life doesn’t go our way or something unfair happens, we’re often quick to think things shouldn’t be that way. After all, why do bad things happen to good people? And why do our good intentions sometimes go horribly awry? When we’re faced with tough situations or unfair circumstances, our tendency is to fight against them. We think about all the reasons those things shouldn’t be happening, rather than accept them for what they are. Unfortunately, refusing to accept a situation creates a lot of unnecessary suffering. This is something I often see as a therapist. Some people who come into my therapy office have spent years fighting against reality. Consequently, they haven’t been able to heal their emotional wounds. That’s where radical acceptance comes into play. It’s a skill that is often taught in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)—a type of therapy that is frequently used for individuals with borderline personality disorder. But, it’s a skill that even those who don’t have borderline personality disorder can benefit from learning. So in this Friday Fix, I share how radical acceptance works, what researchers have found about the benefits, and how to start practicing it in your own life. More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources What Is Radical Acceptance? What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)? What Is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)? If You Liked This Episode You Might Also Like These Episodes How to Be Sad with Bestselling Author Helen Russell Friday Fix: How to Stop Focusing on Things You Can’t Control Friday Fix: 4 Simple Strategies That Can Help You Live in the Moment By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.