Dr. Eric Berne determined we are three internal states, Parent, Child and Adult. He writes unless in deep meditation, we are always communicating, either with ourselves or others, as a Parent, Child or Adult. Our emotional communication, according to Dr. Berne, comes from the Child within. Therefore, how we communicate and relate to the child within is very important.
We are reminded to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, but how? The how is learning to love and accept ourselves just as we are with all our perfect imperfections; then we can love and accept others.
Acceptance and love, the greatest gifts of all.