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By Jenny Gould, Mar 23 2018 10:18AM

That ‘Inner Critic’ is very insidious and quite toxic. It begins quietly and before you know it it’s like the loudest voice in the room. So why is it there? Its purpose is to keep you safe, to protect you. It’s the job of the primitive part of your brain to prevent you from doing anything to threaten your survival, so it urges you to be cautious. But of course we are not in mortal danger very often, so it the message is really an ‘error’ message. Why not take a moment to list as many of your self-critical thoughts as you can. Getting those thoughts out from where they lurk gives you the chance to see them for what they really are!

Taken from my book "Managing Anxiety at Work"published by

By Jenny Gould, Mar 20 2018 05:27PM


Anxious people often have a lot of ‘free floating’ anxiety, which allows anxiety to attach itself to many different aspects of life. It can lead to obsessive thinking and even progress to become obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - a bit like having a relentless slave driver inside your head! We are prone to ‘magical thinking’ too, perhaps imagining that we can cause or avert disasters, for example “if I don’t sit on the aisle seat the plane will crash”.

These usually begin in childhood, for example the idea that if we tread on the cracks in the pavement something terrible will happen. If we make a habit of indulging in this type of thinking then patterns become established which take some effort to break. It really is about stepping back and regularly noticing what messages you’re giving to yourself – and how you are ‘doing’ anxiety.Then practice replacing your main worries with positive thoughts and imagery and do that often. Slowly the neurons that have wired together will loosen their grip.

Taken from my book MANAGING ANXIETY AT WORK published by

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