Being hard on yourself

It can be tempting to punish oneself for not living up to one’s own expectations – but is it the best strategy?

Drawing of a woman who fired herself from not performing

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

It is a classic, hitting yourself for not getting the results you wanted

Woman hiker sitting by tree saying: "I missed all the goals I gave myself, so now I fired myself" Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Self blame

Keywords: self critic, destructive thinking patterns, perfectionism, conflict, hiking, hiker woman, trail life, psychology, museum of psychology,

About Museum of Psychology – Visualizing psychology
We understand reality at least through a combination of impressions, metaphors, images, stories and experiences. But also through our dreams, understandings, feelings, music, walk of life, directions, expectations, relations… and much more.

Much of this have in common that we can somehow sketch up maps and drawings of these places, trails and situations. Here on Museum of Psychology I (Frits Ahlefeldt) am drawing up a slowly growing map of our many landscapes of understanding.

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