By Sarah Best, LMSW, a psychotherapist at the Seleni Institute, a nonprofit mental health and wellness center for women and mothers in New York City.
Self-criticism is a universal struggle. Many of us are much harsher on ourselves that we ever are on others. Here's just a sampling of the things I have found myself saying (to myself) at times: "I'm never prepared." "All I do is yell." "I'm a disaster."