Culturally programmed images tell us from childhood what kind of looks, personality and achievements will lead to success and approval. Women in particular measure against these benchmarks of what is required to matter and be attractive. This is where our inner critic leads us into an imbalanced relationship with food, diet and exercise. This is the headspace where we say “I hate my body so I’m going to skip breakfast and lunch today.”
We also see women in public roles criticized and attacked for their appearance. Is it any wonder that our inner critic shows up to keep us from that kind of visibility?
The inner critic and body image can be evolved. We often can’t control the broken record of those first critical thoughts that show up but we can control the subsequent thoughts in a way that is self-supportive, calmer, more realistic and that honours what is possible.