Acceptance is the faculty by which a person voluntarily admits another individual, animal, object , thought or action.
It is a term closely linked to the world of Psychology and Self-help. The latter case refers to the idea of self-acceptance, recognizing everything that is good or bad, admitting mistakes and facing problems so that you can learn from them and not have them again.
Acceptance also refers to the process of admitting an event from the past, seeking to overcome it and being able to continue looking to the future.
Finally, another of its meanings refers to admitting the good environment of a person who was previously forbidden and hostile to him.
The desire to be socially accepted is largely the basis of social connections
The American psychologist Abraham Maslow conveyed in his books the idea that the needs of the human being were classified in a hierarchical way, only when a person met the needs of a high level.
Based on this theory, Maslow argued that social acceptance was divided into five different levels. At the first level, we can mention the basic physiological needs, then those related to safety and, at the third level, those related to certain feelings such as love, friendship or affection began to emerge .
Once these needs are met, those related to self-esteem, such as success and prestige, appear. Finally, in the fifth echelon are the needs for self-actualization.
In this way, social acceptance also gives rise to the emergence of different social groups .
As a simple classification, we can distinguish them according to the degree of acceptance they receive from their peers.
Popular: people loved and respected by the majority of the group;
Accepted: are those who have many friendships and are well integrated into the social environment;
Marginal: individuals with serious acceptance problems because of their attitudes;
Climbers: are those who enjoy social acceptance, but are never satisfied with the social group they are in, so they seek access in other more prestigious groups;
Ignored: they are subjects that do not make any kind of impression on the rest of the members of society, do not offer anything new and their comments are considered obvious.