So, what are some truths about your Inner Critic sometimes called “Gremlins”? Well, first of all if you think you are alone guess again! You’re not alone in having them, everyone does. In fact, the job of the “Gremlin” a phrase coined by Rick Carson (from his book Taming Your Gremlin) is to have you play it `safe and comfortable” and avoid any change! We all have one. Some of them are tame and housebroken”, others are wild and taking over our lives. What are they? “Gremlins” – those little creatures that live in our psyche that say things like “you should or shouldn’t_________”, “why are you attempting that”, “you know you can’t do it”, “it never works out for you”, “you’ll end up alone and poor”, `you can’t’, “that’s too risky”, “are you crazy!”. Sound familiar?
Our self-esteem and self image are developed by how we talk to ourselves, how we think of ourselves. The inner critic actually thinks it’s helping us, protecting us from surprise hurts or disappointments for instance – it’s part of our ‘ego defence mechanism’ set. But it’s not rational, and it is not constructive. It costs us too much. Every time it ‘attacks’ it keeps our self worth low and stops us living a rich life. It becomes the boss of us. But we can change that… It is NEVER too late to fix unhealthy thinking, and it’s entirely possible to SILENCE THE INNER CRITIC!