The Inner Critic

Are you constantly criticizing yourself, comparing yourself to some ideal, judging your actions, looks….everything about yourself? Do these types of thoughts permeate in your thinking?


“I’m not a good _____.”
“I’m not enough.”
“I’m worthless.”
“I’m a failure.”


Perhaps you’ve become so angry with yourself that you’ve wanted to hurt yourself. Perhaps you’re always doubting yourself, your abilities, your adequacy.


Self-criticism – that inner critic—usually shows up when people are struggling and stuck. This often leads to feelings of depression, anxiety, and shame.


Research shows in Western samples, self-criticism and shame is correlated with poorer functioning: increased risky and harmful behaviors (e.g., substance use, self-injury), PTSD symptoms, and suicidal thinking.


Combating that inner critic and reducing shame, then, can help to improve your symptoms and daily life.


If you struggle with your inner critic and want to learn how to silence it, sign up for my free 5-day guide here.

©2018 by Ivy Hall, Ph.D.

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