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Is YOUR Inner Critic This Toxic? These Pictures Say Yes.

A couple months ago, someone on the Bad Yogi Team had this idea to do a picture series like the one below to illustrate how savage we are with ourselves.

It wasn’t to get anyone to try and disprove our self-criticisms; it was to show how critical we ALL are with ourselves, about ourselves.

It was actually kind of sad when we were putting this together. The person who edited the pictures (not the bodies in the pictures, just adding text), said to me, “Wow. Even if I was being as mean as I could possibly be, I’d never come up with the stuff they said about themselves.”

It just goes to show how brutal we are about our own bodies. It’s easy to be body positive about other people. Yeah, we can celebrate the curves, the imperfections, the non-magazine cover readiness of another, but when it comes to ourselves? No way.

Our hope is that this is a powerful reminder for YOU to put on a different lens once in a while. Instead of constantly using the critical, self-doubting one, put on the one that allows you to see how beautiful you truly are. Put on the one that gives you the freedom to celebrate the things you love and appreciate about yourself rather than what you resent.

Neither picture has been edited AT ALL. They’re identical images taken seconds apart, but on one side we have our inner critic dictating what we see, and on the other we have our inner cheerleader dictating what we see.
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Are you allowing your inner critic to run the show? No wonder you feel badly about yourself! What if you could see what others might see? What would THAT conversation sound like?

OVER TO YOU! We challenge YOU to do this too. Can you muster the courage to take a selfie and have both conversations? Can you challenge yourself to flip the script? Can you ask that inner critic to take a back seat and instead focus on the words coming from your inner cheerleader? What does SHE say? What does SHE think you should be celebrating? We want to hear it! Tell us below or shout it from the rooftops on IG & tag us there @badyogiofficial

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    July 17, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I’m not sure there are words for what I want to write. Thanks for being brave and sharing this. It took a lot of courage and vulnerability and I’m in awe! My inner critic runs amok … I need to talk to myself like I talk to others. I scheduled “Self Love Series: Give Yourself Some Grace” from BYS for myself this morning … that’s just what I’m going to do today! Give Myself Some Grace!

  2. Pamela


    July 17, 2019 at 6:40 am

    I’m tearing up reading this! It really hits home. Well done on the team for a fantastic article.

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    Hana Tisserand

    July 17, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Thank you! So needed for me right now <3 Well done on a fantastic piece.

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    July 17, 2019 at 7:19 am

    This is awesome, Erin. Props to you and your team – The best thing I’ve seen in awhile!!

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    July 17, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I was taught a different trick – to look at myself and see my whole body. Because for me, dividing it up, even when seeing nice things, contributed to the anxiety. So: this is my body, this is what it can do, is what I try to focus on.

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      July 17, 2019 at 11:44 am

      I like that, yes it’s easy to split up the areas here and there that have “faults” but when you look at it as a whole, it looks pretty damn good 😉

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    Jo Feagans

    July 17, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I do not notice myself doing this as often with my physicality as much as I notice the change in my mental reactions to things. For example, a few years ago, if I dropped something, I would berate myself to the point of cruelty. “F*ck – you idiot, LOOK AT WHAT YOU DID!! Jesus, you can’t even put the f*cking milk away without incident. You’re pathetic, no wonder you’re unloveable.”

    Now, my literal reaction is simply “Whoops!”. I had a conversation with a very good friend and mentor about changing the narrative – if you wouldn’t say it to a 5-year-old version of you, consider not saying it to ANY version of you. Mistakes happen, they aren’t bad or wrong, they’re an opportunity to learn.

    As far as my physical body, the negative self-talk comes up when I’m shopping for anything. Because of my curves, things off the rack just don’t fit. If a shirt covers enough to look modest, it will also look like a potato sack – I am short and have overly large breasts – I end up in tears because nothing ever fits me, so the story becomes that I am wrong, out of place, and ridiculous to try. Maybe the conversation is really that I’m built for luxury. I’m going to try that on instead.

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      July 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      I love everything about this—don’t say it to your 5y.o. self and I AM BUILT FOR LUXURY!!!!

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    July 17, 2019 at 9:25 am

    I’ve struggled with this most of my adult life and I only finally getting better at saying nice things to myself. I applaud each of you for the courage to put this out there and the challenge to the rest of us. Honestly, for such a long time I thought I was in the minority for these feelings. It’s courageous to acknowledge your inner critic and to intentionally flip the script. Thank you ❤️ Challenge accepted!

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