The Inner critic subpersonality (superego)
is that critical inner voice that
judges, attacks, demeans
and beats us up.
It usually stems from our childhood through:
- not being seen or heard
- a lack of emotional, psychological and spiritual support
- experiencing critical parents or high parental expectations
- pejorative cultural, religious and societal rules
The inner critic keeps us stuck in shame, low self-worth and maintaining cycles of addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and unhealthy relationships. Living with a tyrannical, punitive and harsh voice inside our heads can be debilitating – it stops us from achieving growth and living life to our full potential.
By cultivating loving kindness and self-compassion, we can begin to silence the inner critic.