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Embracing Your Inner Critic: Turning Self-Criticism into a Creative Asset [Paperback]

Hal Stone , Sidra Stone
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March 5, 1993
Hal and Sidra Stone are the creators of "Voice Dialogue" process, a therapy that transforms the inner critic from crippling adversary to productive ally.

The inner critic. It whispers, whines, and needles us into place. It checks our thoughts, controls our behavior, and inhibits action. It thinks it is protecting us from being disliked, hurt, or abandoned. Instead, the critical inner voice causes shame, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and low-self-esteem. It acts as a powerful saboteur of our intimate relationships and is a major contributor to drug and alcohol abuse.

Through examples and exercises, the Stones show us how to recognize the critic, how to avoid or minimize "critic attacks," and, most important, how the inner critic can become asn intelligent, perceptive, and supportive partner in life.


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About the Author

Hal Stone, Ph.D., and Sidra Stone, Ph.D., both clinical psychologists, are the authors of Embracing Ourselves and Embracing Each Other. Hal founded the Center for the Healing Arts in Los Angeles, one of the first holistic health facilities in the country. Sidra directed Hamburger Home in Los Angeles, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (March 5, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062507575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062507570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is an amazing book as it helps you understand through simple language and concepts about what really is wrong if you are experiencing a constant nagging and wondering if the chronic thinking of the mind will ever stop. You might not have to read more self-help books as you will realize that you were probably reading them to fix yourself or improve yourself to satisfy the over powerful Inner Critic. Your focus will shift to disempowering the Inner Critic. It is a great way to discuss your problem with your loved ones and include the concepts shared here in your day to day diction to improve your communication and relationships. However, the techniques shared here in my opinion and long experience with self-help books are difficult to get them to work for you because of a fundamental flaw in the approach of a weak mind trying to train itself to fix itself. I have had much better experience with the self-enquiry technique taught by non-duality spiritual teachers to achieve what this book aims at helping us achieve. If spirituality and changing your perspective of the world is not your thing, mindfulness is a great alternative as it does not involve that fundamental flaw. Good luck !

*********LONG REVIEW (A spiritual perspective to this great book)******************************

---The Last self-help book for most suffering from Inner Critic---
This is an amazing book which helped me understand clearly for the first ever time in simple language and concepts what the hell was going on with my mind, the chronic thinking and the poor quality of experience of life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent incites and exercises for dealing with this sub-personality called the Inner Critic, Judge, Boss. I found this to be a practical and helpful guide after becoming fully aware of and intimately acquainted with my inner critic. This voice that chattered to me without ceasing is now under control and I have taken back authority over my own life. I have not banished it, it will always be a part of who I am, but I understand it and honor the role it has played in my life. This has been an opportunity to re-parent myself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great ideas... December 5, 2010
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I've read many books on personal development which has helped me build an awareness on how my thinking affects my mood and my life. This book however, has given me a new perspective on this awareness. If you're willing to do the work over a number of days or weeks, this book will help you. I simply got a notebook and pen and just started writing for days. after a while you get creative and find your own ways to get your point accross to your inner critic. After 6 months of writing in my notebook, I must say I feel a different person. I've put in a alot of work but believe me it's so worth it. I've still got a long way to go but I'm confident, by continuing what I'm doing, things can only get better. Your inner critic will keep nagging you trying to make you believe you're worthless and no good, but with time, by doing the exercises in this book, you will begin to believe otherwise...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life! May 1, 2014
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Of all the books I've read to help me understand why I was not happy...this one was the one that finally helped me understand how, what, why and when! A must read if you are trying to get out of depression, insomnia, frustration, unhappiness, etc.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible June 26, 2006
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Hal and Sidra Stone are pioneers in this field of inner voice dialogue. Think evolution from Freud's id, ego, super ego...through Transactional Analysis (Parent, Child, Adult) through Bradshaw's Inner child work...to inner voice dialogue. They have video's books and workshops and have trained numerous professionals in this technique. The result is a genuinely effective technique that gives us a viable framework to understand why we often have opposing thoughts and feelings and the tools to move us in a direction of acting from a more "adult" place. My partner and I used these techniques from their book "Embracing Ourselves" to great effect in the mid 90's as she worked through abuse survivor issues. Not only did it provide a method of healing for her, I was able to use it effectively in my own journey and it was an exceptional tool for us as a couple.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow January 16, 2014
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Truly one of the best psychology/self-help books I have ever read. After years of research, Hal Stone has compiled a treasure trove of insights and practical advice on recognizing and accepting what we thought was the worst in us. We then discover the freedom that arises from embracing the whole "family" within, and using that energy for good.
Thanks Hal!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn around book to freedom within for me.
From being bound up to becoming aware then on to creative recreation of life creating inner forces into the me I choose. Nothing less than miraculous effect for my life.
Published 9 months ago by Charleslcap
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a very good and revealing book
It is a very good and revealing book. I recommend reading at the same time as a friend to compare notes... It is heavy and liberating.
Published 10 months ago by Keeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for those interested in inner child work
Good book for those interested in inner child work. Great for parents counselors educators and anyone who wants to increase their self awareness
Published 12 months ago by amazon shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read for Learning how to discover my inner critic and quiet my inner turmoil.
Published 15 months ago by robin f cope
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gives advice on how to re-parent your internal critic. Helpful.
Published 16 months ago by Lisa Rainbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 16 months ago by Kern36
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, life changing work I wish I'd read 20 years ago.
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 17 months ago by Shagrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative on how our inner critic developed, what ...
Very informative on how our inner critic developed, what feeds it and how to transform it into an ally. Provides questions and exercises.
Published 19 months ago by Jacqueline Toma
5.0 out of 5 stars happy customer!
Read some of it. It's got a way of calming you down.
Published on March 26, 2015 by Freedomrings
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful book, I recommend it.
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.
Published on February 24, 2015 by dan
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