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Negative Self-Judgment – Guest post by, Tina Frisco… | Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

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The people we tend to be hardest on are ourselves. Some folks are an exception to this, but it seems to be true for most of us.

While I was in Pennsylvania helping care for my mother, I fell into judging myself… harshly… a lot.

I should be doing more. I should move back to Pennsylvania in order to help my sisters meet my mother’s needs. I should not feel guilty that my nephew gave up his bed for me and is sleeping on the couch for five weeks. I should not be afraid to drive a (huge) van for the first time in my life, down unfamiliar winding roads, and over freeways and across bridges under construction. I should be able to stick with my dietary regimen and exercise program, even though I am constantly on the go and thoroughly exhausted.

How often do we hear ourselves say, ‘I should’? Have we not been ‘should’ on enough in our lives? What coding is embedded in the human psyche that prompts us to judge our actions, or lack thereof, so harshly?

I think we all know the answer to that question: Guilt.

But from where does guilt derive? How does it become embedded? Is it innate or learned? Unless it is a defensive mechanism all babies are born with, it is learned. So how do we unlearn it? How do we unlearn anything that has become a bad habit? We need to look at what caused the habit to develop in the first place.

Negative messages received in childhood imprint on our psyches. We play these messages over and over in our minds until they are embedded as core beliefs that become self-fulfilling. Thus, our life experiences generally result from what we believe to be true.

Energy follows thought.

It is also important to be cognizant of the pitfalls of perpetuating negative self-judgment. Those pitfalls are the tradeoffs garnered through self-denigration. One example is the ‘poor me’ attitude. This may elicit the treasured attention that was absent in childhood, but it is merely Band-Aid treatment for a fractured psyche.

Once we discover the origin of guilt, we need to recognize it as a mental process conceived of the emotion, fear.

All emotion stems from either LOVE or FEAR.

We might feel guilty, but the truth is we feel afraid – afraid of being disliked, shunned, rejected. As this primordial broth simmers, the subconscious mind attempts to make sense of it and accommodate what it perceives to be our needs.

The subconscious is a servant that takes all we feel at face value.

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If we are afraid of something, it infers we must want to defend against it and does all in its power to make this so. In the case of negative self-judgment, it armors us with guilt. However, we oftentimes are not aware of the underlying feeling(s) driving our behavior. Yet guilt will not be denied.

This is a good thing, because . . .

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Source: Negative Self-Judgment – Guest post by, Tina Frisco… | Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

29 thoughts on “Negative Self-Judgment – Guest post by, Tina Frisco… | Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog”

  1. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    Perhaps the biggest hurdle for those who want to walk the inner path is negative self-judgment – why? Because it is a lie – Eastern sages inform us that our true nature is perfect immortal bliss. Read on…thank you, Tina Frisco!

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  2. Yes – Tina. Unfortunately I have found myself toooo many times in deep self-judgement these days in the nature of what I should be doing more of. I’m in over my head currently, and feeling overwhelmed, and yet, reading a post like this reminds me that I’m just human, and when we are overwhelmed with work or working on something that matters very much to us, where we are being judged, examined, etc…it can be a tremendous weight. Your meditation suggestions are often my turn-to’s. I’ve leaned into a 30-day blog challenge, to post every day, and I’m just trying to be kind to myself that I can’t visit every blog like I’d love to, but I know that I can still and do what I do, when I do it! I feel like reading your blog post was a wonderful reminder that some situations are more challenging than others, and no situation is permanent. Thank you, Much Love, Ka

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    1. Welcome, Ka. And yes, I too get in over my head (quite often) and need to remind myself (every day, actually) that no situation is permanent. Thank you for your insightful comment. Love back to you, my friend ❤

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  3. Wonderful post, Tina, and a continuing testament to our times about our place in society. If that place does not feel right based on negative self perception, the cycle of guilt continues, with the “I should be doing more” syndrome. You were able to go help your mother and that outcome hopefully outweighed your feelings. I live 500 miles away from my mother who now lives in a nursing home. Both my brothers and their families deal with her care daily. Same is true with my husband’s mom who is in Spokane with his twin brother caring for her, which required a complete move and uproot on his part. Do we feel some guilt? Sure, but this is our lives and we contribute to these care situations the best we can. Life is just too short. Besides, I live near my 81 yr old father and if called upon I can look after him. God knows what we need and opens the appropriate doors. Thanks for an amazing post, Tina 💕

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    1. Welcome, Terri. Writing articles like this help me see my weak areas, so I can act to overcome them. Accepting that I have a right to live my life as I choose has been a big one for me. Sounds as if it has been for you, too. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, my friend ❤

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