There is an inner critic in all of us that affects our attitude and how we think of ourselves.
This inner critic wants the best for us, but can often come through as harsh and critical.
What is Your Inner Critic?
Our inner critic is the negative voice that criticises us when we do something that’s in conflict with our values or intentions.
For example, we may set an intention to eat better in order to achieve a certain health goal. When we eat something that’s not healthy or fail to exercise, our inner critic can trigger thoughts such as, “You’re lazy” or “You can’t be trusted to do what you say you’ll do.”
Even though our inner critic’s true intention may be to remind us to stay committed to our goal, it uses criticism as the vehicle to keep us on track.
The Power of Your Inner Critic
Ignoring or pretending we don’t have an inner critic will not serve us. If we try and resist our inner critic, it will have more power over us.
Not being able to deal with or silence our inner critic can result in:
- Feelings of sadness, insecurity and disappointment.
- Lower self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Having a poor attitude and being critical of others.
- Reluctance to challenge ourselves or take new risks.
- Having a fear of failure.
We have to learn to co-exist with our inner critic, as it’s highly unlikely we’ll be able to silence it fully.