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Everyone's a Critic: How we can learn to be kind to ourselves

Julia Bueno

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Stories of how we learn to feel good enough, from psychotherapist and award-winning writer Julia Bueno.

Do you beat yourself up after making a mistake? Do you treat yourself worse than you would a good friend?

If these questions strike a chord, it's likely that you contend with unhealthy self-criticism. This mental habit is the cause of so much emotional suffering, and lies at the root of most of the problems that psychotherapists and counsellors encounter.

In Everyone's a Critic, psychotherapist Julia Bueno shares seven case studies, inspired by her practice. They explore some of the reasons why we learn to turn against ourselves, encourage readers to be more curious about their self-critic, and inspire a practice of greater self-compassion instead.

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Julia Bueno

Julia Bueno practises full-time as a psychotherapist in London. Her first book, The Brink of Being: Talking about Miscarriage, won the British Medical Association Popular Medicine Book Award 2021 and was the runner-up for the British Psychological Society Book Award 2021.

She has a particular expertise in working with pregnancy loss and infertility, and has met countless self-critics in her consulting room. Her writing has been published in The Times, the Sunday Times, the New York Times and Psychology Today, and she reviews books for the Times Literary Supplement.

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