This course teaches students about a psychological process associated with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and a range of other distressing problems. The process is frequently called the inner critic. The course will teach people to understand what the inner critic is, where it comes from, and what impact is has on us.
The second part of the course describes a range of strategies from three psychological schools. Students are encouraged to try out each strategy presented with messages from their own inner critic to determine which strategies are most effective and provide the best fit.
This course is designed for anybody who struggles with their inner critic or simply wishes to understand it more.
This lecture will describe key differences between healthy and unhealthy self-criticism
This section describes the relationship between the inner critic and the person, how the inner critic has its own characteristics, and how it develops.
The inner critic does not intend to destroy you. Find out its main purpose.
This section highlights two broad psychological theories that relate to the concept of the inner critic.
This is an exercise on how to an appropriate psychological space from the inner critic.
This exercise forms the foundations for upcoming strategies described in this course.
This section looks at common strategies people use to respond to their inner critic attacks.
This section will explore strategies for changing thinking patterns and understanding your personal rights.
This mindfulness exercise enables the student to have an example of mindfulness principles in relation to their chosen inner critic statement.
Experiential strategies aim to create a positive relationship with the inner critic. This lecture talks about what this means and why this can work.
This activity guides the student to activities that can begin the process of developing a different relationship with their inner critic.
Prevention is about being prepared for those times the inner critic attacks. This lecture provide strategies students can use to prepare themselves.
This lecture summarises this course.
Nathan Beel is a lecturer, counsellor, and clinical supervisor. Nathan has taught, published, and presented in a wide range of counselling related topics, and has delivered counselling services for the past 20 years. He is a Registrant and endorsed Supervisor of the Psychotherapy and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA), and a Clinical Member of the Queensland Counsellors Association (QCA).