Negative thoughts happen How to find your inner ally when your inner critic shows up

Diana M. Garcia

Book - 2023

Tell your inner critic to take a back seat, so you can start feeling more calm, confident, and kickass! Negative self-talk can feel like an ever-present roommate who insists on giving you unsolicited opinions about every aspect of yourself-- including your worth, appearance, personality, and life choices. Have you ever wondered where this annoying inner critic comes from? And more importantly, can you make it go away? Unfortunately, no matter what you do, negative thoughts will happen. It's simply how our brains are wired. But you can change the way you respond to these thoughts. This take-anywhere, use-anytime guide offers quick, simple, and evidence-based skills drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you make peac...e with your inner frenemy. You'll discover what drives these negative thoughts, why it's important to listen to them--yes, you read that right, listen--and how to put them in perspective so you can go back to the things that really matter in your life. You never know when negative thoughts will show up, crash your party, cramp your style, and get in the way of living your best life. But once you learn how to respond to this negative inner chatter, you'll be able to turn the volume down and listen to your true inner voice--your inner ally--more clearly, and use it as a compass throughout your day.

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Self-help publications
Oakland, California : New Harbinger Publications, Inc [2023]
Main Author
Diana M. Garcia (author)
Physical Description
v, 181 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Introduction
  • Part 1. The Inner Critic
  • Chapter 1. What Is Negative Self-Talk?
  • Chapter 2. Why Is Negative Self-Talk So Common?
  • Chapter 3. Why Is Your Mind Such a Buzzkill?
  • Chapter 4. Language Doesn't Always Have Your Back
  • Chapter 5. When Is the Inner Critic Born?
  • Chapter 6. Your Inner Critic Is Not Living Rent-Free in Your Head
  • Chapter 7. Relationship with Self
  • Chapter 8. Relationship with Others
  • Chapter 9. Relationship with Achievements
  • Chapter 10. Your Inner Critic Has Its Moments
  • Chapter 11. You've Tried It All, with No Success
  • Part 2. How to Find Your Inner Ally
  • Chapter 12. Creating Distance from Your Thoughts
  • Chapter 13. Your Mind, Making Sense of Who You Are
  • Chapter 14. Opening to Your Experiences
  • Chapter 15. Is That a Shark?
  • Chapter 16. Coming Back to the Now
  • Chapter 17. But My Mind Doesn't Stay Quiet
  • Chapter 18. Treating Yourself Like a Loving Friend
  • Chapter 19. Wait-Who's Noticing?
  • Chapter 20. Keep Raising Your Right Hand
  • Chapter 21. Seeking Your Inner Compass
  • Chapter 22. Calibrating Your Compass
  • Chapter 23. Shining a Light
  • Chapter 24. Showing Up
  • Chapter 25. Moving Forward
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
Review by Library Journal Review

For those who have an inner critic inside their head that is always chiming in, Garcia takes her years of experience as a therapist and uses concepts and skills from acceptance and commitment therapy to help readers deal with those negative thoughts. Instead of proffering the usual positive affirmations found in other self-help texts, Garcia helps users evaluate and get to the root of their negative thoughts. She also provides suggestions for handling these thoughts and listening to one's inner ally. Garcia provides great insight into how the mind works, how negative thoughts can be useful, and what skills to develop to change one's responses. Easy to read with a personal feel and relatable examples, the book is split into two parts and features a table of contents and a references section; each chapter ends with helpful reflection exercises that explore the chapter's lessons. VERDICT This is a good book for those interested in self-help, psychology, and guided exercises to gain new insights about themselves.--Bridgette Whitt

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