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35 Phrases To Disarm Your Inner-Critic, According to Therapists

May 22, 2023
Meredith Nisbet provides several helpful tips in this Parade article about disarming your inner critic.

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Do you ever wish you could mute the voice inside your head?

We may face criticism from bosses, partners and parents. But sometimes, the things we say to ourselves are the most harmful. That's why phrases to disarm your inner critic are so important.

"We are with the voice in our own head 24/7, so if people weren't taught how to be compassionate, loving and forgiving to themselves, that inner voice becomes a critical, harsh voice," explains Stacey Sherrell, LMFT, a Los Angeles-based license marriage and family therapist and co-founder of Decoding Couples.

While we can cut toxic people out of our lives, we're still with ourselves. Sherrell stresses that flipping the script is essential to silence our inner critic.

"Learning how to challenge negative self-talk and replace it with positive, compassionate or neutral self-talk is one of the most effective ways to stop it in its tracks," Sherrell says.

Sherrell and two other mental health providers shared ways to talk yourself out of negative self-talk and silence your inner critic.


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