Acceptance and Letting Go: Movie and Internet Resources


A Beautiful Mind   (2001)
with Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly
Winner of four Oscars. When Nash and others try to cure the disease of schizophrenia by using medications and shock treatments, his “genius” is also destroyed. Instead, he learns to let the delusions live and just let them be – not entertain them but not try to get rid of them either. He accepted the good in them, “letting go” of the ways they caused his illness. A wonderful film about the delicate and necessary tension between acceptance and resistance.


Love, No Matter What
by Andrew Solomon, 23 min, on Ted Talks
In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents – asking them: What’s the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?


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