The Job of the Critic
Where self-criticism is concerned, doing it right is first a matter of not doing it wrong. When clients cease engaging in their old, selfdevastating critical acts, they report very significant changes in how they feel and in how they behave. Self-criticism, however, is a vital and necessary human function. It is at the heart of human self-regulation (Bandura, 1986; Carver & Scheier, 1992; Kanfer, 1971; Meichenbaum, 1973; Ossorio, 1976, 1981, 1990; cf. Vygotsky, 1962). Thus, persons cannot function competently as self-regulating individuals if they cannot perform the job of critic. It is therefore enormously in their interests, not merely to desist from destructive selfcriticism, but to become the most competent critics that they are capable of being.
KeywordsCritic Function Human Function High Priority Task Concrete Suggestion Evil Person
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