Here are eight of the best articles I’ve found on dealing with and transforming your Inner Critic. Each teacher gives you a different approach to handling your inner critical voice. Some of the inner critic advice is lighthearted yet effective, and is for the type of Inner Critic most of us have: the critic that compares us to others, comments negatively on our appearance and abilities, and makes us feel like we are not good enough.
And then there are in-depth articles explaining how the Inner Critic works. You’ll learn how an out-of-control critic leads to low self worth, anxiety and depression, and how a particularly strong Inner Critic can be a result of trauma. So you’ll get a good overview of Inner Critic psychology.
But no matter what type of Inner Critic you have, if you understand the Inner Critic and its function in the psyche, then you can learn how to transform your Inner Critic and claim the gifts it has for you.
by Jan Chozen Bays
Jan Chozen Bays Roshi is co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. She offers a Buddhist perspective on dealing with the Inner Critic. Her books include Mindful Eating and How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness.
by Michele Rosenthal
Michele Rosenthal examines research published in the Journal of Neuroscience that directly examines the Inner Critic and its role in learning. This research reveals the critic is actually hardwired to help you learn – evidence that it’s better to work with, rather than against, your Inner Critic.
by Henneke Duistermaat
Henneke is a wonderful writing teacher I’ve recently discovered who realized she couldn’t allow her Inner Critic to define who she was after an accident that forced her to take a break from work. During that break she had to take care of herself as if she were a child – and her relationship with her Inner Critic transformed.
by Chloe Wigan
Chloe Wigan is a life coach who helps women in their 20s transcend their limitations to get the most out of their lives. Her optimism and spirit shine through in her lighthearted and fun approach to dealing with the Inner Critic.
by Adam Sicinski
Life coach and creator of detailed personal development mind maps Adam Sicinski explains in his article how your Inner Critic is essentially like a guardian that stands over you protecting you from pain. Adam’s mind maps are a great visual reference for all types of self growth topics.
by Liz Scarfe
Sometimes the Inner Critic becomes what is known as a ‘killer critic’, particularly when a person has experienced trauma of some kind. This piece by Melbourne psychotherapist Liz Scarfe, who specialises in trauma, explains how killer critics manifest, how they impact lives, and the importance of having an experienced trauma/abuse therapist guide you on the road to recovery.
by Hanneke Elich and Robert Stamboliev
This in-depth piece, offering a six-step process, by seasoned consciousness teachers Robert Stamboliev and Hanneke Elich is on how they use Voice Dialogue to neutralise the Inner Critic. Robert is the author of The Energetics of Voice Dialogue.
by Hal Stone, PhD & Sidra Stone, PhD
And finally, this article by the founders of Voice Dialogue and authors of the acclaimed book Embracing Your Inner Critic: Turning Self-Criticism into a Creative Asset, Drs Hal and Sidra Stone, explains how the Inner Critic develops and what its purpose is. It gives you an example of how a therapist might work with someone’s Inner Critic.
You can also check out my own post on turning the Inner Critic into your ally and using it to guide you towards greater wholeness. It includes three steps for stopping a critic attack.