Being Your Own Worst Critic

Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Today I will talk to you about how we are our own biggest critics. Learn about being your own worst critic and reasoning behind it.

We Are Our Biggest Critics

In our lives, we are our biggest critics. At one point or another, we have all experienced self-doubt. We have been quick to doubt ourselves, our abilities, and blame ourselves for not being good enough. So often we set the bar so high for ourselves that it’s impossible to reach. I know and you know we have done that at some point in our lives. The ever-popular social media does not help either. Whether Tiktok, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube we have often compared ourselves to the images and lives see and amplified our shortcomings.  

Well, our brain is doing that.  Research shows that our brains evolved to react much more strongly to negative experiences than positive ones. It kept us safe from danger. But in modern days, where physical danger is minimal, it often just gets in the way. As a result, we are often our own worst enemies. Whether it’s grades, work, or even life, our conscious self is violent and hostile. It tells are that we will not succeed because we are not good enough. Our internal self is full of doubts, restrictions, and blames. As a result, we become our own roadblock and our fears and doubts become our own self-fulfilling prophecy. 

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According to the Thrive Global website, when our own self-imposed high expectations cause us to turn on ourselves with nasty, self-deprecating words, it is then that we become our very own worst critics. We critique ourselves in so many ways that our entire world exists within this bubble we have created for ourselves. We hold ourselves to a high standard of perfection and when that standard fails to be met we replay the same words over and over again in our minds. Words like, “I’m not good enough”, “How could I be so dumb” “I never get it right” – which ultimately tear us down and make us believe lies that strip us of our self-worth and sabotage our progress and hinder our growth.

So why are we our own worst enemy and our worst critics? Well, come back for the next article to learn more about our brain’s role in negative thoughts. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. I would like to know about your experience as being your own worst critics. I look forward to your comments and feedback.

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