Inner Critic Self-Judgment

August 6, 2011

Self-Judgment, Superego & Disidentification

Self-Judgment Superego Inner CriticSelf-judgment (courtesy of the inner critic or superego) is the constant valuation of yourself according to standards learned in the past. It manifests as attacking and engagement. The more you become conscious of the inner activity of attacking and engagement, the more you realize that almost any mental activity used to stop judgment ends up supporting rather than ending it. This is because the effort to stop the inner critic/superego attack is initially motivated by the experience of yourself as the victim of the attack—that is, the child. But, as you have seen, acting from that self-image of the child-victim always leads to some form of engagement. In other words, real disengagement requires disidentifying from the child self-image so that you can be truly effective in stopping the attack.

Disidentification is implicit in the process of defending against inner critic/superego attacks. A true defense does not function in support of any self-image, whether child or judge. It is independent of the mind. But what does this mean? And how do you stop identifying with who you think you are, with the familiar images that define you?

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