In an article of hers, Arianna Huffington comments about how destructive and self-limiting our inner critic can be. Here are some excerpts:
“If we can’t completely stop playing the comparison game, we can at least start changing whom we compare ourselves to… When we do this, we are sure to tap into our reserves of empathy and gratitude instead of our endless self-judgments, fears, and jealousies.
“It was only when I began observing the critical voices inside me rather than giving in to them that I could start to take control over them. Instead of being drained by the negative self-talk, I found myself amused by it the way you are by a naughty child.
“We have a choice about what to do with the messages we hear. We may not be able to tune them out entirely, but we don’t have to let them run the show.”
Continued in The Price Isn’t Right.