Working on Other Patterns

There are various places in STJ where you may learn that you will need to work on more than just the Inner Critic pattern you first chose. You may have more than one of the types of Inner Critics—Taskmaster, Perfectionist, Food Controller, Destroyer, or Underminer. You may find in Stage 4 that your Inner Critic Pattern, such as the Taskmaster or Food Controller, is in conflict with another pattern of yours, such as the Indulger or Procrastinator. You might decide that you want to work on developing a healthy capacity that would help to transform the Inner Critic Pattern you chose (other than the main capacity that does this). When you took the quizzes, you may have found other patterns, capacities, or wounds that you need to work on. And so forth.

If you decide that it would be important to work on another pattern or capacity, you have a number of choices for how to do this.

  1. You could put that pattern or capacity on a To-Explore list and come back to it after you have completed your original Inner Critic pattern. The advantage of this is that you are working on only one pattern at a time, and you won’t get confused or overwhelmed. The disadvantage is that, in some cases, you may not be able to transform your Inner Critic pattern without first transforming this other pattern.
  1. You could switch from the Inner Critic pattern you have been working on and work on the other pattern, and then come back to the original Critic pattern when you are finished. Use the Status and Restart Page, which is accessible from your Dashboard, to restart the original Critic pattern when you want. The advantage of this approach is that you can work on whatever pattern is needed without getting overwhelmed.
  1. You could switch from the Inner Critic pattern you have been working on, and work on the other pattern, and then keep both patterns going by working on whichever one feels right on a given day. You could even do this with more than two patterns. Use the Status and Restart Page for switching back and forth. You can also look at your reports, which are also accessible from the Dashboard, to see what you have already done. Just make sure that you can handle working on more than one pattern at the same time without getting overwhelmed.
  1. When you finish Stage 5, you then do the real-time practice to solidify the transformation of your Inner Critic pattern. If this practice doesn’t produce the changes you want, this may indicate that you need to work on another pattern or capacity first. At this point, you can go back and work on that other pattern or capacity. When you finish that (and possibly do its real-time practice), hopefully your practice with the original Critic pattern will be successful.