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As a teen, how can I avoid negative self-judgment?

Gina M. Biegel
Psychology
“I am ugly.” “I am fat.” “I am stupid.” “I’ll never make the team.” Do you find yourself having thoughts like these? Do you often blame yourself or find yourself unhappy with what is and wanting things to be different? Do you use words like, “I should have” or “I could have”? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you are listening to an inner voice of negative self-judgment.

Judgment involves assigning some value to situations, defining them as good or bad, right or wrong. You can free yourself from a lot of added stress by learning to let go of your negative inner voice and to accept what is, simply because it is, without judging yourself.
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