Outcome One: Recognizing and Revising Self-Talk Patterns

My inner critic is my biggest critic. I think my inner critic gives me more trouble than when someone else is critiquing me. For example my inner critic was used in the situation I was in last semester. when I decided that I no longer wanted to be an engineering major my inner critic was my biggest enemy, my inner critic caused me a lot of confusion and made my decision a lot harder. while I was deciding my majors it was almost like my inner critic kept saying "i wasn't good enough, smart enough, I wont last in that major. after awhile I had to understand that I'm in control of my inner critic and that I can mute her out at any moment. when I finally made my decision I realized that I was allowing my inner defender to count me out too early and that I was capable of doing whatever I put my mind to.

My inner defender would be the one I have the most problem with changing. Last semester, my inner defender would always allow me to blame others for what I could not accomplish. for example Last Semester I did not do well in Math 1040, and because I did not do well I blamed my teacher. The way I stopped my inner defender was that I told myself that if I were to put more effort into studying, going to office hours, tutoring, etc. Then I would've passed the class, and that it was my fault that I didn't passed.

My inner guide is of course my biggest motivator, it encouraged me to change both my inner critic, and inner defender when they begin to get the best of me. It keeps me honest with myself and allows me to realize where I'm going wrong and how to fix it. For example my inner guide encourage me this semester, when I started to get lazy or when I started to allow my school work get me down, my inner guide always reminds me that I have a goal to accomplish at the end of this semester and that I really don't have time to slack off. So due to the fact of the situation I'm in the semester my inner guide is a great help.


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