Tackling Your Inner Critic

The other day, I was listening to a podcast on the topic of silencing your inner critic and stopping self sabotage by Barry Michels and Dr. Phil Shultz. The two developed a pretty simple concept defining our inner self as Part X, who’s primary modus operandi is self sabotage, stopping us from taking risks, criticism, the part of ourselves that says, “You can’t do this, you’re not strong enough, you’re not good enough, you don’t deserve this,” etc.

I know.

I know.

It sounds very woo woo, but the concept pretty much allows us to identify that part of ourselves that fights against us. If we visualize it, and see it, and then develop a relationship with it, in order to overcome it, the process of self healing becomes much more palpable.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this concept, even before I listened to the podcast, because in recent years, I have noticed that I have had extremely low self esteem. It has been so bad, its cause riffs in friendships, and really stopped me from pushing forward in things that I am passionate about.

I took a moment a while back, to check in with myself in order to reevaluate past scenarios to find the root cause, and when I discovered the issue, I knew that I needed to stop it from spiraling further. Then, I discovered this podcast on Goop, with Barry Michels. It doesn’t really go into too much detail about his process, but the concept alone, really helped me identify my Part X. Once, I was able to visualize the my inner person, I began speaking to “him” in order to begin to change my relationship with “him.” It’s kind of like building a relationship with yourself.

If this sort scenario is something that you’ve personally been going through, then maybe consider taking a listen to the podcast, or even purchasing or renting at the library, the book called Tools and Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul’s Potential, by Barry Michels and Dr. Phil Shultz. Then sprinkle some glitter in your hair, change your outfit to something colorful, and listen to Maggie Rogers on Spotify.