For a long time, I’ve wanted to talk about a free stress management course my gym offered. Unfortunately, ever time I started, a voice in the back of my head piped up: “Stop, you idiot! No one cares what you have to say. No one will read your posts. A 5th-grader could write better than you.”
I like to think humans developed this inner critical voice for society’s benefit – to keep us safe or make us nicer people. But, clearly, our inner self-critics sometimes go far beyond whatever original purpose they served.
Sometimes, like my inner nay-sayer, they get overwhelming. We don’t always notice how often or how aggressive our critics get, giving them control.
They can curb our potential with their insidious whispers –
“Don’t try that new activity. You’ll just embarrass herself.”
“Don’t ask that person out for coffee. You’re not good enough to date…
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