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Listen to yourself

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We’d never speak to another person the way we speak to ourselves.

If we did, we’d be pretty unpopular and I’m sure we’d end up living solitary lives.

In listening to people, I’m often saddened to hear the self-deprecating and self-critical remarks they make about themselves. It’s a cultural trend to put ourselves down and dismiss or minimize our positive attributes. It’s not helpful to thriving.

Recently, I was listening to a client speak negatively about herself. It was shocking, but not something new to me.

I repeated what she’d said about herself back to her. I used the same words and tone of voice as she had, and the same facial expressions.

She looked shocked and hurt as her eyes grew wide. I’d insulted her greatly, but I’d used her own words, not mine.

Once her shock passed and........

© Castanet