38: What Type of Inner Critic Do You Have?
- Gemma Gladstone
- November 4, 2021
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Most people have an inner critic. Some are aware of it and acknowledge it, while others do not seem to notice the disparaging voice talking to them inside their head. The inner critic does not have to be a constant and deliberate internal narrative. It could also be a cluster of automatic thoughts or things you say out loud to yourself.
Gemma enjoys looking through the lens of schema therapy when she works with people because it provides a helpful language for learning to understand the inner critic. Schema therapy assists her in pulling the critical voice apart. That allows her to take a closer look at all the different types of critics and assess the various functions they might perform. It helps to know what triggers the critical voice, whether or not its messages are useful, and if it comes from anyone in particular.
In this episode, Gemma explores the inner critic by breaking it down, examining how the different elements play out, and discussing how to shift them, change them or shape them into something useful. Stay tuned for more!
- Why do we, as humans, tend to be our own worst enemy?
- Why mindfulness is so helpful.
- Gemma clarifies what the inner critic is and where it comes from.
- How schemas are created.
- Things that could give rise to negative self-talk.
- Using schema therapy to break the inner critic down into different elements.
- Looking at the harsh, toxic, or punitive inner critic.
- Identifying and unpacking the demanding inner critic.
- Investigating the guilt-inducing parent critic.
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