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Tips From a Therapist If You Struggle With Self-Criticism

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“Would you tell your kid she’s ‘stupid?’”“What?! No. Never.” My client and I were wrapping up a session and she had just begun being incredibly critical to herself.“OK,” I said. “Why not?”“Well,” my client said, “Because she’s just a child, she’s my child!

And she’s not  ‘stupid,’ and I love her and … I interrupted her. “Exactly! You love her and you would never in a million years say that to her.

So, why are you saying it to yourself?” Client pauses. “Well, it’s different with me. I am ‘stupid.’ Plus, I’m an adult, so it’s different.” I take a deep breath. “It’s not, actually.

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