Author: Kari Kagan, Psy.D.
Being hard on ourselves is a universal experience that has more harmful effects than we think. Yet, so many people believe that the harder they are on themselves, the more motivated they will be. While there might be some validity to that some of the time, this article explains the harmful effects of chronic and severe self-criticism, the kind that elicits a deep sense of shame and failure. This article also reviews the antidote to self-criticism: self-compassion. While this might be a familiar term, it is likely a foreign practice. Before dismissing it as "going too easy on yourself", I encourage you to read more about it in the link below and consider making a commitment to practice self-compassion for one day (or even one hour!).
Diana Gordon, Psy.D., Kari Kagan Psy.D., and Katie Leoni, Psy.D.
Drs. Gordon, Kagan, and Leoni practice psychotherapy in downtown San Francisco and Oakland. Their areas of expertise include anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, and addiction. They blog about these topics to provide research-based information about common problems and strategies to help manage them.