Have you ever heard that voice inside your head that says things like:
- “Aghhh… you are such a failure.”
- Your face looks like a pepperoni pizza. There’s nothing that will help you feel beautiful.
- You’ll never find a man to love you.
- Your writing sucks.
- Why even bother working out… you know you’ll just quite. You’ll never reach your goal weight.
Know that voice? Me too.
That is your Little Critic. Yep… She loves to sit there inside your mind and make you feel bad about your body, thoughts, projects you create, and about your life in general. She is nitty picky as heck.
There are seven masks she loves to wear. She’s kind of a theatrical person, but it doesn’t feel like that when she’s breathing down your neck with all her rude statements. AmIright?
The seven masks are:
You may recognize these as the seven deadly sins. Isn’t that crazy? Your Little Critic wants to maky you feel like you’ve failed before you’ve even begun. So I want to walk you through the deadly sins above and how she is going to try nitpick you and how you can find out more about combatting your little critic.
Making you angry is one of her purest forms of joy. She loves it when you hate yourself enough to get angry. When your Little Critic makes you hate yourself, she feels like she’s accomplished all her evil plans.
If she can make you desire for something (fame, attention, money, or even someone else’s talents) selfishly that isn’t yours, it will relieve her. But she will feel like she’s won the battle if she can turn that into jealousy. She loves bringing out the green-eyed monster.
We all know this one as laziness, right? The Little Critic loves making her host (you) avoid spiritual, mental, or physical work.
She loves making you crave things, even if it’s an unhealthy craving.
Making you jealous is one of her pride-filled joys. It’s the cherry on top of her poisonous sundae, if you will.
This one fits very well with greed above. If she can make you hide your feelings by eating more than you know you should, she’s been successful.
Did you know that gluttony isn’t just about food? And eating too much food?
When I read C.S. Lewis’ book “The Screwtape Letters” there was a part where a character is complaining and wanting her drink just right. In the book, Screwtape mentioned how this is actually also a form of gluttony. AKA being a complainer and nit picking everything others do. It’s almost a version of gluttony where nothing appeases you where you are greedy and annoyed with anything other than what you like.
There is a reason there is the saying “Pride comes before the fall.” Did you know this saying is inspired from a Bible verse?
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18
“Haughty” adds a new layer to this kind of pride. “Haughty” is described as arrogantly superior and also disdainful. Words I’d never want to be used to describe me.
If your Little Critic encourages you act like you are arrogant and far better than anyone else, she will be able to retire, because you are now on the one-way train to being your own worst nightmare. And she knows this.
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