One of my clients read the blog post, Playing Well. She commented that while she could understand that it is difficult for her to feel good if she is not doing the things she enjoys, she struggles with an inner critic – an inner voice that lives inside her head and insults and criticizes her for being lazy, not being good enough, etc.
Believe it or not, everyone has an inner critic to a lesser or greater degree. It, unfortunately, is a part of us that we cannot get rid of. However, you get to choose what you do and don’t attend to. You don’t have to listen to your inner critic, and you certainly don’t have to accept what it says as facts.
You can learn to limit the negative influence of your inner critic by reducing the attention you give it. You can then try to understand its function and purpose, and then find helpful ways to respond to its criticism.
Please feel free to book an appointment if you find your inner critic has taken control and you’re unable to respond to it in a way that lessens its influence over you.
Until next time,