We all have an Inner Critic. Some are gentle, some are harsh, some are loud, some are mean, some are annoying, some are……well you get the idea. Your inner critic is that little voice inside of you that tends to say things like ” you aren’t good enough”, “you aren’t smart enough”, “you aren’t thin enough”, “you aren’t rich enough”, “you aren’t as good as her”, “you aren’t as nice as her”, “you will never amount to anything”, “you don’t know what you are doing”, “you need to work harder”, “you need to know more”, “you are doing it all wrong”, “you can’t do that”, and on and on and on.
We know the critic is there. Sometimes it even embodies a particular person in our life that was overly critical of us. Usually it is just our own self, sabotaging everything we think or do or say. We try not to listen, but we just can’t help it. It’s always there!
Our ‘self-expressions’ group (we meet once a month) decided to tackle this inner critic of ours by bedazzling it. Our task was to bring something to our group meeting that represented our inner critic and then we would proceed to modify or alter it in some way, so as to make it less critical, less important. We were going to make it be silly or ineffective and take away its power over us. This way every time we started to hear that little voice whispering in our ear, we could just look at our bedazzled and altered critic and realize that it had no more power over us! YAY!
We all told our stories of why we chose what we did for our critic, and what the critic represented to us. It was part of the therapy to understand and release that critic. Then we proceeded to dismantle, glue, cut and paste, tie up, tape down, and paint our critics. We had a blast doing it and in the end we had some very altered critics, who were no longer powerful or in charge! YAY! So here are the pictures of our bedazzled critics for your enjoyment. (some of them weren’t all the way finished when our group meeting was over, so they will get more bedazzling later) But you can get the general gist of what we did.
We all felt it was a fun exercise to do and it allowed us to expose our inner critic and hopefully take away her power over us. I recommend that you all take your inner critic out and show her who is the boss. Go ahead and bedazzle her or alter her so that she is silly and no longer in charge! Take back the power! It will be so much fun!