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Embracing Your Inner Critic: Turning Self-Criticism into a Creative Asset Paperback – March 5, 1993
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I think I wore out a couple of highlighters going through Embracing Your Inner Critic. My first thoughts were "How do these people know ME so well?" but I came to realize that I am not alone. That there are lots of us blaming ourselves in order to "protect" ourselves from outside criticism. I'm learning that beating my imagined critics to the punch by criticising myself sooner and harder than anyone else would is not really helping myself but rather pushing me deeper into the muck of depression.
I realized my inner critic was a pretty good ventroliquist. I had been blaming everyone else for saying all the negative stuff I was actually saying about myself. The book helped me to start moving away from adversarial relationships with my critics, both real and imagined. Now I'm learning to listen to my inner critic as kind of distant early warning system, a helpful "heads up" rather than a broadside of self-loathing. For the first time I'm seeing a world full of potential allies rather than adversaries. The Voice Dialogue technique is a lot like cognitve therapy and like cognitive therapy it requires regular practice for full benefit. But the rewards of the techniques I'm learning from these two books have provided me with strong motivation to stick with it.
Now we are using and recommending this book (Inner Critic) to friends as we see in ourselves and in others, the overriding power the inner critic has on our lives. The book explains where the critic and other sub-personalities come from, the concept of disowned selves and how instead of trying to "choke" our critic into silence, we can actually take a more lasting approach to understanding it and the related subpersonalities, hold the primary subs and the disowned selves together and work toward balance and the achievement of a strong aware ego. Don't be scared off by the lingo here, it is very understandable and usable information.
Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works
PS here is a great story that is in the begining of this book:
What Is Your Inner Critic and Where Did It Come From?
On the journey of self-discovery, let us stop looking for what is wrong with us. Let us discover, instead, who we are and how we work! Let us put our judgment aside as we explore the amazing system Of selves within us and learn to live with ever-increasing honesty, choice, and freedom.
There was once a dreadfully wicked hobgoblin. One day he had a simply marvelous idea. He was going to make a looking glass that would reflect everything that was good and beautiful in such a way that it would look dreadful or at least not very important. When you looked in it, you would not be able to see any of the good or the beautiful in yourself or in the world. Instead, this looking glass would reflect everything that was bad or ugly and make it look very important. The most beautiful landscapes would look like heaps of garbage, and the best people would look repulsive or would seem stupid. People's faces would be so changed that they could not be recognized, and if there was anything that a person was ashamed of or wanted to hide, you could be sure that this would be just the thing that the looking glass emphasized.
The hobgoblin set about making this looking glass, and when he was finished, he was delighted with what he had done. Anyone who looked into it could only see the bad and the ugly, and all that was good and beautiful in the world was distorted beyond recognition.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book for those interested in inner child work. Great for parents counselors educators and anyone who wants to increase their self awarenessPublished 15 hours ago by amazon shopper
Great read for Learning how to discover my inner critic and quiet my inner turmoil.Published 3 months ago by robin f cope
Gives advice on how to re-parent your internal critic. Helpful.Published 4 months ago by Lisa Rainbird
Indispensable, life changing work I wish I'd read 20 years ago. My life would be so much different today. If someone has recommended this book to you don't wait. Life's too short.Published 5 months ago by Shagrat
Very informative on how our inner critic developed, what feeds it and how to transform it into an ally. Provides questions and exercises.Published 7 months ago by Jacqueline Toma
Inner critic can become your friend, just we need to meet him.
He needs your help and we can provide what he needs if we learn how to listen him.
First read over 2 decades ago, when I found it compulsive. The term 'embracing' is an accurate description of the authors' attitude of acceptance of the powerful and often vicious... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D&D