I have admitted that I am a “recovering perfectionist.” And I have noticed that many people are hard on themselves. We probably share the experience of being raised by a parent or authority figure that criticized us. We may have emerged from our childhood feeling like we were imperfect or needed to be fixed.
As we grew to be adults, the lingering voice of the critical parent has remained in our minds, ready to point out when our behavior is less than perfect. It doesn’t need to be this way.
In our minds, we can create an advocate for our inner child — intervening when the critical voice chimes in. In time, the advocate can replace or sublimate the critical voice. Our wiser inner adult can mentor our inner child.
Observe what you are thinking and be gentle with yourself.
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