In The Inner Critic Advantage, there’s a story about the first time I remember hearing a bunch of people talking about that challenging inner voice — as if it were a real person. I found the experience a tad unsettling but didn’t give much thought to other folks’ Inner Critics… at least until they started cropping up in other parts of my work.
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- In a large online writing community, the “Inner Editor” was the focus of too many conversations.
- In parenting groups, mothers made repeated references to the “Inner Bully.” Sadly, they also sometimes talked about the “Inner Abuser.”
- In addiction recovery programs both staff — and sometimes clients — talked about “The Addict in the Attic.”
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It probably took me longer than it should have. Eventually, I realized that, whatever they chose to call it, a lot of smart, talented people were engaged in a significant struggle with an unfriendly inner voice.
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It’s a challenge that cuts across disciplines and often needs to be addressed more than once. It’s also one that piques my curiosity: where have you seen other folks’ inner critics? What are the most interesting names you’ve heard it called? I look forward to hearing from you. Please use the comments to weigh in.
p.s. My Inner Editor has become one heck of a helper.
Watch for The Inner Critic Advantage in 2016. The Inner Critic Advantage: Making Peace With the Noise in Your Head is now on Amazon!