Self-Criticism Often Leads to Repeat Behaviors
We believe that if we punish ourselves for past behaviors, that we’ll be less likely to repeat them.
Unfortunately, the opposite is true.
When we feel bad, we are actually more likely to repeat habituated behaviors.
Instead, taking responsibility for our part, increasing our mindful awareness of what transpired, and giving ourselves plenty of self-compassion provides deeper healing.
When we scold ourselves for past experiences we actually make it more stuck and less likely that we learn and heal.
Deeper healing comes from mindful awareness of what happened, taking responsibility for our part and giving ourselves compassion.
Recognizing our common humanity, that we are all imperfect, is a pathway to greater self-compassion.
We don't need to be perfect to have self-worth.