Today let’s talk about being self critical.
Has it ever felt like you were being too critical of yourself?
That whatever you did, it wasn’t good enough? If I got a 98 on a test, I beat myself up over the 2 I missed rather than feeling good about the high score. I did that to myself a lot, and I discovered it was something I had learned growing up in an alcoholic family. If I accomplished something worthwhile like winning a prize in a speech contest, my Dad found a way to put down what I had done. As an adult I had replaced the critical Dad – in my head – and did to myself what he once did to me. As I learned to hear that critical voice and replace it with a more appropriate and loving voice, my life became much more balanced.
Have you ever judged yourself too harshly?
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Dan L. Hays offers encouragement for adult children of alcoholics.
The podcasts of these episodes can be found at: Minute to Freedom
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