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Self-love is the capacity to offer yourself care, acceptance, forgiveness, and respect. It is, as Maya Angelou writes, knowing that "you alone are enough. you don't have anything to prove to anybody".

The noted psychoanalyst Eric Fromm proposed a re-evaluation of self-love in a positive sense, arguing that in order to be able to truly love another person, a person needs first to love oneself, in the way of respecting oneself, and knowing oneself (e.g. being realistic and honest about one's strengths and weaknesses).

Similarly, Carl Rogers saw one result of successful therapy as the regaining of a quiet sense of pleasure in being one's own self.