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The “Critical Inner Voice” describes the part of us that is turned against ourselves. It is the defended, negative side of our personality that is opposed to our ongoing development. The voice consists of the negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes that oppose our best interests and diminish our self-esteem. It encourages and strongly influences self-defeating and self-destructive behavior. This hostile, judgmental advisor also warns us about other people, promoting angry and cynical attitudes toward others and creating a negative, pessimistic picture of the world. Learn where this inner critic comes from as well as how to identify and overcome your Critical Inner Voice in the following articles.

4 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

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Living Vs. Reliving

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How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

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Why Do I Hate Myself?

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Self-Sabotaging: Why We Get in Our Own Way

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The Importance of Choosing Your Thoughts

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4 Steps to Conquer Your Inner Critic

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