Dec 102019

I rarely marry the concepts of ‘celebration’ and belonging to professional groups, but there is one such group that seems to push me to unexpected boundaries and edges. Earlier this week another member of the group asked the rest of us whether we were taking enough time to celebrate our wins. I quickly responded that such a review was a regular part of my year-end reviews and promptly forgot about the conversation.

Celebration in the Draft File?

Book cover The Inner Critic Advantage

Sometimes life calls bullshit. Sometimes, when updating a website, an author will come across posts that never made it to publication. Perhaps they were not up to her usual skill level. Maybe the idea that seemed so compelling in Paragraph One ran out of juice a few lines later. Or maybe the thoughts hanging out in the “draft” folder just seemed a little too self-congratulatory.

That’s where I found these — in the draft folder. I almost put them back. There are other, more important things to write about, right? But there are situations that have had me thinking about celebration. I’m a big fan of this little book and all the people it has helped me connect with since it first came out.

Sometimes life calls bullshit. If I’m honest? Sometimes I forget. Click To Tweet


Do You Look at Your Wins?

Was it, in fact, lack of love and attention to my very own inner critic that stopped me from sharing these lovely thoughts with you? Could be, but I really don’t think so: I’ve just been lazy about looking at my wins. Like so many of my women friends, I set goals, work hard to achieve them, smile… and just move on. Sometimes I forget the celebration.

So here it is: a celebration of The Inner Critic Advantage. And, as I put together this post full of kind words from friends, I am picturing each of them raising a glass and toasting the people who are making peace with the noise in their heads.

To your health!

I am picturing each of them raising a glass and toasting the people who are making peace with the noise in their heads. Click To Tweet




“What makes this book so special? Important information about the autonomic nervous system presented in an entertaining, user-friendly manner so it can help us on a daily basis.”

— Dr. Kevin Lin


“In The Inner Critic Advantage, author Andrea Patten invites us to explore the possibility that the critical voice in our heads can become ally and friend and then she shows us how to do it. Practical, insightful, wonderfully humorous, and, ultimately, full of “wild wisdom,” this book will change lives.”

— Terri Clements Dean, psychologist, author, Traveling Stories


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“As an artist I’ve got to acknowledge my inner critic and accept her as part of who I am. By doing that she actually becomes helpful. Fabulous!”

— Bonnie Jayne O’Keeffe, Bonnie Jayne Art


Explore the possibility that the critical voice in our heads can become ally and friend... Click To Tweet


“Andrea doesn’t just deliver great advice and innovative strategies. She gives her readers gifts that few authors offer: compassion, respect and love. She really wants them to thrive, and that comes through in every line of this warm, wonderful book.”

— Tim Vandehey, co-author, Produced By Faith and The Wait


First world problems


“Everyone has an Inner Critic. In The Inner Critic Advantage, author Andrea Patten explains how to work with your biology and turn that endless supply of self-directed criticism into an unbeatable advantage.”

— Linda M. Lopeke, Smart Start Coach


“Thought-provoking and liberating—a balm for creative souls.”

— Barbara Bond, author, The Beach Walkers


Norma Grider Avon


“To continue to grow in all areas of life, I believe you need to make a study of the things that surround you. Certainly the “voice in our head” is one of those things — maybe even the most important one. This book goes a long way toward helping us understand its origin, triggers and what we can do to insure that voice is a gift and not a curse. Well worth the read!”

— Lisa M. Wilber, Avon Platinum Executive Leader, sales trainer & author



Andrea Patten has managed to love her inner editor long enough to publish  The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head a little book full of big ideas about how — and why — you can learn to love “that voice.”



Mar 142016
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  Your group can have a private message, too.

Oops. I didn’t realize that a private post would show up on my front page or that it would generate so many questions. Sorry. Not trying to be provocative or rude.

[Tweet “The Inner Critic Advantage is on the reading list for spring semester!”]

I was thrilled to learn that a good friend, early reader, and Performance Arts Department chair added The Inner Critic Advantage to students’ spring semester reading list. So, I wrote a note to the class. And, since I don’t know all any of them, I posted it here. That’s it. It’s something I’m happy grateful to do for groups and teams using one of my books.

Fun Medical

Positive attitude supports health.

And while we’re on the topic of support, did you see what my friend Penny wrote? Penny Ziegler is a psychiatrist and well-respected addictionologist. She’s also the medical director of Florida’s Professionals Resource Network and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. (I have some very smart friends!)

“Most advice about overcoming the #InnerCritic suggests we ignore or avoid it. After all, the downward drag of harsh self-judgement can cause us to question our capabilities, our achievements, even our value as people. Many experts ask us to fight against such internal criticism, but that approach often fails. In The Inner Critic Advantage author, Andrea Patten brings an intriguing new perspective. She offers a gentler, more effective way to respond, a shift that lets us welcome the Inner Critic and the protective messages it brings. Instead of fighting ourselves (the critic is, in fact, part of us) we can use patience, mindfulness, curiosity, and humor… allowing us the chance to benefit from valuable messages. The Inner Critic Advantage is thought-provoking and well-written, an enjoyable and pragmatic approach to self-exploration and personal growth.”

[Tweet “”The Inner Critic Advantage brings an intriguing new perspective.” “]


                       I love Lisa’s seminars!

And there’s more good news. My first (non-Amazon) retail outlet for The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace with the Noise in Your Head will be none other than Lisa Wilber’s success products store The Winner In You. Not only is Lisa currently Avon’s #5 money-earner in the US with a team of nearly 3,200 representatives, but she has also offered sales aids and team-building information since 1995. I admire her a great deal, am privileged to be able to attend her sales calls and proud to call her a friend.

[Tweet “Performing arts, health, and sales = lots of #InnerCritics”]

What I love most about these shows of support is their diversity: performing arts, health, and sales. That variety illustrates the point that #innercritic struggles are not limited to a particular type of person or profession. Anyone can wrestle with intense self-criticism and can benefit from learning how to turn it into support. If you’re connected with a group or a class that would benefit from making peace with the noise in their heads (and would like a special message), please get in touch with me, either through the comments or via my Facebook Page. Thanks!




Oct 142015



Greetings, friends.  The manuscript for my new book is making the rounds of beta-readers. I am collecting information for the cover designer who asked me to pose a question to you.  Ready?

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That’s it!  If you’d like to provide the production team (and me) with a little more support, please  use the comments to add a few words about why you voted the way you did.  Thanks!


Update: Thank you all for your helpful feedback. We went back to the drawing board. The adjusted title is undergoing a “mini-poll” over on my Facebook page.  (Sorry for any inconvenience.)