There are times when your inner critic gets the better of you; those times when your mind doesn't hesitate to remind you that you never do anything right, you're not the right size, or you're just not good enough. We're all hard on ourselves sometimes, but chronic engagement in negative self-talk may be a sign of deeper psychological issues that can ultimately complicate your physical health.


1. Forms of Negative Self-Talk

To understand the physical health impacts of being too hard on yourself, it helps to understand the common forms of negative self-talk. Personalizing is the automatic laying of blame on yourself when something challenging happens. Polarizing involves seeing things as only good or bad while catastrophizing is the act of assuming negative outcomes in future events due to a single bad experience. Finally, there's filtering, where you push aside accolades and focus on the continuous grind so you can accomplish more.



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