Linehan (1993) makes the following five fundamental points regarding “radical acceptance”:

  1. Acceptance is acknowledgment of what is.
  2. Acceptance is non-judgmental, not a matter of deeming something good or okay.
  3. Freedom from suffering requires accepting rather than resisting reality.
  4. Choosing to tolerate pain or distress in the moment is acceptance.
  5. Accepting rather than avoiding painful emotions actually alleviates suffering.