Inner Critic Exercise

I encourage you to try out this simple exercise to get more in touch with your Inner Critic. Please respond and let me know how it works for you.

Exercise: Identifying the Critic and Criticized Child
Remember a recent time when you felt bad about yourself—when you felt ashamed, depressed, hopeless, or discouraged.
What situation were you in at the time?

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What did you feel emotionally?

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Take a moment to sense what that felt like in your body. Did you feel heavy in your heart? Collapsed in your chest? Weighted down? Crunched down or small? Teary?

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Those are the feelings of the Criticized Child as that part of you receives the attack from your Inner Critic.

Think back to any thoughts or inner messages that happened just before those feelings came up or while you were feeling them. Which of them were judgmental or attacking messages from your Inner Critic, which may have caused those painful feelings? Write down those messages.

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