Everyone is a little bit critical of themselves. Even if people don’t openly admit it, most everyone can pinpoint their own mistakes and may feel embarrassed for it. Being self-critical is even necessary to improving yourself and your efforts.
However, there is a point where you can be too self-critical. It’s at this point that it can be detrimental to your development as a person, and can even hinder your personal and professional life.
Self-criticism can be a very complex issue. It can often be the result of an innate personality trait, or it can be learned over time due to environment and the result of bullying, or perfectionism.
Some signs that you may be too self-critical include:
- Dwelling too much on mistakes you’ve made. The severity of the mistake often doesn’t really matter; you dwell on the mistakes regardless. As a result you may end up feeling foolish and incompetent; which can lead to an overly harsh judgement of yourself.
- You assign blame to yourself, even when you are not directly to blame. This can lead to you being unable to focus and resolve other more direct issues that may require your attention. This can also cause a great deal of unearned guilt and can negatively affect your sleep and state of mind.
- Nothing is ever really good enough, no matter how well you do them. This inability to appreciate your own achievements can drive you to extreme anxiety, and can cause you to lash out to yourself and others. In some cases, it can even backfire and lead to failure from what was once success.
There are a number of ways that people are too self-critical, and they tend to negatively affect the person in various ways. Knowing you are too self-critical is only part of the battle. You still need to understand who you are as a person, and what motivates you before you can really figure out why you’re so self-critical.
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