About Talking Back To The Inner Critic – The 5th Strategy For Improving Self-Esteem Today

Last weeks’ posts have been about 4 important steps for how you directly can improve your self-esteem through getting to know yourself.

Another extremely important 5th step is about the importance of changing how you talk to and describe yourself.

Often we are not aware of this, but it is common to have a critical inner voice in our heads evaluating ourselves harshly and disproportionately in situations, often being overgeneralizing in a judgmental and destructive way:

“how stupid of me…”

“Can’t you do anything right…”

“Are you for real…”

“Idiot…”

Definitely not on the way we talk to our friends, colleagues and hopefully not to anyone else (never to children, I pray). We are not our actions. You might have problems with an inner critic if you had problems in the exercise about reading your list over what you are proud of and your positive traits in earlier posts.

Even worse: if you are listening to your negative self-talk it becomes a downward spiral: increasingly lowering your self-esteem and your mood leading to more negative self-talk which in turn lowers your self-esteem and your mood.. This is one common cause of depressive mood.

More about what you can do about this and increase your self-esteem in next post.

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