It may look different for everyone, but most of us can identify with the inner part of themselves that always wants to share a negative opinion. In this episode, Boonie and Rachel talk about what their inner critics look like and how they’ve learned to live with this little protective demons.
- Boonie says her inner critic is like a little monster that feeds off negativity and keeps her from moving forward in life by using self-doubt and sabotage
- Rachel talks about her inner critic as a stern teacher who doesn’t smile and says, “You are wrong,” and kills all the positive energy.
We also discuss:
- How the inner critic’s main goal may be to keep us safe. And although this part may feel “older,” it typically originates from younger parts of ourselves.
- The differences between useful criticism and unhelpful comments.
- How questioning your critic and examining where it came from can help you reclaim your power and stand up for yourself.
- How sometimes criticism from ourselves and others can come from a place of care; acknowledging this intent can help shift the energy and integrate it.
- Listening to what the inner critic wants — identifying what is mine and what isn’t can help us reconcile it.
- Creative play can help connect with the inner child and inner critic and lead us to a greater understanding of ourselves.
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You can find Boonie at: Organized Messes
You can find Rachel at: Rachel Moore, LMFT
Disclaimer: Our conversations in Sparkles Podcast are not to be used in lieu of psychotherapy, and we’re not offering professional advice; we’re sharing our personal thoughts and opinions. Please feel free to disagree and seek out other views, because you are the expert of you.