When I talk about the inner critic or the voice of “not-me," I'm speaking about the voice in our heads characterized by the 11 qualities that follow. You probably won't notice all 11 qualities in everything your voice of self-doubt says, but you'll usually notice at least a few of these qualities when it speaks.
1. It's harsh, rude, or mean.
When you hear a voice in your head saying harsh things to you that you would never intend to say to a person you love, you're hearing the inner critic.
2. It's binary.
The inner critic is a black-and-white thinker. You are awesome or you are pathetic. You are gorgeous or ugly. You are a fabulous friend or a horrible one. Your dreams are possible or they aren't. When the inner critic speaks, there's usually no room for gray. Continue reading.
Originally posted on MindBodyGreen.com