Negative Thoughts Happen: How to Find Your Inner Ally When Your Inner Critic Shows Up

  • 4h 15m 45s
  • Diana M. Garcia LMHC
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2023

Negative self-talk can feel like an ever-present roommate who insists on giving you unsolicited opinions about every aspect of yourself—including your worth, appearance, personality, and life choices. Have you ever wondered where this annoying inner critic comes from? And more importantly, can you make it go away? Unfortunately, no matter what you do, negative thoughts will happen. It's simply how our brains are wired. But you can change the way you respond to these thoughts.

This take-anywhere, use-anytime guide offers quick, simple, and evidence-based skills drawn from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you make peace with your inner frenemy. You'll discover what drives these negative thoughts, why it's important to listen to them—yes, you read that right, listen—and how to put them in perspective so you can go back to the things that really matter in your life.

You never know when negative thoughts will show up, crash your party, cramp your style, and get in the way of living your best life. But once you learn how to respond to this negative inner chatter, you'll be able to turn the volume down and listen to your true inner voice—your inner ally—more clearly and use it as a compass throughout your day.

About the Author

Diana M. Garcia, MS, LMHC, is a licensed therapist in Florida and the founder and owner of the private practice Nurturing Minds Counseling. In her practice, she helps stressed-out millennials feel calm, confident, and kickass in their lives. Additionally, she also works with couples who are struggling to communicate and seeking to rekindle their connection. She’s been in the field since 2013, and has worked in various roles, including primary therapist at various treatment centers and, most recently, as director of counseling services at a local university. She is fortunate to be a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, and is a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - What Is Negative Self-Talk?
  • Chapter 2 - Why Is Negative Self-Talk So Common?
  • Chapter 3 - Why Is Your Mind Such a Buzzkill?
  • Chapter 4 - Language Doesn’t Always Have Your Back
  • Chapter 5 - When Is the Inner Critic Born?
  • Chapter 6 - Your Inner Critic Is Not Living Rent-Free in Your Head
  • Chapter 7 - Relationship with Self
  • Chapter 8 - Relationship with Others
  • Chapter 9 - Relationship with Achievements
  • Chapter 10 - Your Inner Critic Has Its Moments
  • Chapter 11 - You’ve Tried It All, with No Success
  • Chapter 12 - Creating Distance from Your Thoughts
  • Chapter 13 - Your Mind, Making Sense of Who You Are
  • Chapter 14 - Opening to Your Experiences
  • Chapter 15 - Is That a Shark?
  • Chapter 16 - Coming Back to the Now
  • Chapter 17 - But My Mind Doesn’t Stay Quiet
  • Chapter 18 - Treating Yourself Like a Loving Friend
  • Chapter 19 - Wait—Who’s Noticing?
  • Chapter 20 - Keep Raising Your Right Hand
  • Chapter 21 - Seeking Your Inner Compass
  • Chapter 22 - Calibrating Your Compass
  • Chapter 23 - Shining a Light
  • Chapter 24 - Showing Up
  • Chapter 25 - Moving Forward
  • Conclusion