Self-criticism can cause depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, physical health problems, criminal behavior, and even suicidal ideation.

Conversely, “Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.”


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