By Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D., Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., and Joyce Catlett, M.A.
#6042 The inner critic is the voice in our heads that whispers, whines, and needles us into poor self-esteem and self-confidence. It edits our thoughts, controls our behavior, and inhibits our actions. It thinks it is protecting us from being hurt or feeling abandoned, but all it really does is reinforce our feelings of shame and guilt, sabotage our intimate relationships, and incline us to self-destructive behaviors.
This book presents a revolutionary strategy for dealing with the inner critic: externalizing it. This subtle, powerful technique turns internal self-criticisms into ‘you’ statements that can be evaluated objectively and exposed as the gross exaggerations, unfair comparisons, or flat-out lies they really are.
You’ll go through the step-by-step process of learning how to keep track of your negative thoughts, analyze their reality, and recognize how they impact your life. You’ll learn to use a variety of techniques to help release your inner critic’s stranglehold and combat its subversive effect on your career achievement, intimate relationships, and sexuality.
A final chapter of the book offers parents simple ways to help their children avoid forming a tyrannical inner critic.
232 pages. 7 x 10. Softcover. 2003.