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The Inner Critic

Gain Freedom From Your "Inner Critic"

Thinking about our personalities in terms of parts of a system is common across many psychotherapeutic modalities, including Somatic Psychotherapy, Guided Imagery, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). The Inner Critic is a name for one of these "parts of the psyche." It refers to self-criticism – quite possibly one of the most painful issues people face.

 

The Inner Critic is that doubting, critical inner voice that says "You're not good enough," or "You can't do this, don't even try." It may include thoughts and worries of being judged or criticized by others, and it may end up holding us back from making change. 

 

The Inner Critic's origin can often be found in our personal histories. Throughout our lives, we have no doubt received an abundance of critical messages from our families, cultures, and society. We can easily absorb these messages and believe them to be the truth about ourselves.

Understand and transform your Inner Critic. Increase self-compassion. Move forward with what you want to do, and who you want to be, in life.

Issues include:

  • Feeling judged or dismissed

  • Feeling worthless

  • Low self-esteem

  • Low self-confidence

  • Indecision

  • Difficulty trusting your intuition

  • Guilt and shame

  • Perfectionism

  • Codependency patterns

  • Trouble asserting boundaries

  • Social anxiety