Here are 8 of the best inner critic articles on the web to help you deal with this usually problematic inner self. You can learn how to handle your Inner Critic using the various approaches here and start to live your life on your own terms.

8 of the Best Articles on Transforming Your Inner Critic

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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.

1. Getting to Know Your Inner Critic

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.

2. 3 Ways to Rewire Your Relationship with Your Inner Critic

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.

3. Negative Self-Talk? Here’s How I Made Peace With My 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.

4. 6 Unique and Fun Ways to Deal with Your Inner Critic

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.

5. Are You Struggling to Tame Your Inner Critic? Here are Some Ideas…

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.

6. Killer Critcs

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.

7. Transforming the Critic

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.

8. The Inner Critic 

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.

Some Short and Sweet Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert:

(Author of Big Magic, Eat Pray Love)

When asked how she silences her Inner Critic when working on a book, Elizabeth Gilbert replied:

“I silence my inner critics exactly the same way I silence my real-life critics: By saying to them very quietly, but very firmly, “If you don’t like what I’m doing, go write your own f***king book.””

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