Streaming Consciousness – The Life, Business, and Career Development Blog

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The Backwards World of Self-Criticism

As a young aspiring professional athlete and later, a dedicated business builder, I was driven, unsatisfied and self-critical. I’ve observed that condition in many would-be high achievers. 

A recent NY Times article stated, “Self-criticism can take a toll on our minds and bodies,” said Dr. Richard Davidson, founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also teaches psychology and psychiatry. “It can lead to ruminative thoughts that interfere with our productivity, and it can impact our bodies by stimulating inflammatory mechanisms that lead to chronic illness and accelerate aging…”

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