Promote The Self But Thank The Protectors

Dr Nicholas Jenner

picture-2As part of the 7 Day Challenge, I wrote about polarized thinking and how the battle for control of the various “parts” of our personality can lead us to such extremes as being stuck, procrastination, people pleasing and addiction. The antidote to these “protectors” is the promotion of the “Self”, the logical, reasonable, calm adult voice within us that has been subdued. This article deals with how to promote it. There are a range of books that tell us how to deal with our family of inner critics and protectors. Most centre on mantras and progressively aggressive language to deal with them. While this can be useful, we have to remember that by isolating these “parts” and pushing them away, we are maybe losing an ideal opportunity to work with them. Working on the theory that they are  trying to protect the inner child that was wounded and criticised, we can safely…

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