The Inner Critic - Dr. Firestone

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Kizzie

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The Inner Critic - Dr. Firestone
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:22:38 PM »
From the "Psych Alive" web site - http://www.psychalive.org/critical-inner-voice/  There is a good description of the inner critic and a video by Dr. Lisa Firestone which includes some exercises.

Here's an excerpt:


The Critical Inner Voice is the part of us that is turned against ourselves. It is the defended, negative side of our personality that is opposed to our ongoing development. The voice consists of the negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that oppose our best interests and diminish our self-esteem. It encourages and strongly influences self-defeating and self-destructive behavior. This hostile, judgmental advisor also warns us about other people, promoting angry and cynical attitudes toward others and creating a negative, pessimistic picture of the world.

The critical inner voice exists to varying degrees in every person. It undermines our ability to interpret events realistically; it triggers negative moods and sabotages our pursuit of satisfaction and meaning in life. These destructive internalized thoughts lead to a sense of alienation–a feeling of being removed from ourselves and distant from those we love



The site also offers an online course at various times of the year (for a fee) on how to deal with the IC.
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Re: The Inner Critic - Dr. Firestone
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2014, 12:41:56 PM »
I think I have been in some denial about how the Inner Critic works....at first I felt like I did not have a problem with MY inner critic. Now I am beginning to hear it more and more...I will read and look at this link later...

TY for posting it!  :hug: :bighug:

Keep on Keeping on!  ;)