Where does your critical voice originate?
My inner critic comes from my early family life. From my parents to my older siblings to extended family members... my family was a huge vat of critical. It was great, in some ways, because many of my family members were intelligent, observant, and loyal. With this came a balance. I didn't ever get the feeling that I quite belonged to one culture or another. My Chinese side would refer to me as American, and my American side would comment on my Chinese-ness. The non-Christian people would make fun of the Christians, and the Christians would appear to almost gloat in their decisions about right versus wrong. People were amazingly detailed with their critical tendencies, and from them I gained an ability to look at issues from many perspectives. The other side of this is that they did not keep their criticisms in check. I'm starting to see how this related to their emotion savvy and lack thereof.