I Am My Own Worst Critic

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    Hard On Myself

      I've probably always been self-critical.  It's likely been part of my personality from early childhood and I'm sure my schooling reinforced it. But, I almost always prefer my own criticism to that from others.  After all, who knows me better than I do...
    gladiate gladiate
    51-55, M
    Oct 29, 2009

    Fighting Myself

    I have always had high standards for everything and everyone in my life. Even as a young child, I had a determined streak in me that made me want to accomplish difficult feats.  However, it was never enough.  Somehow I always think that I can do better and if I don't do...
    reachin4goals reachin4goals
    31-35, F
    Jul 29, 2007

    I read one thing wrong

    and did what I thought was right... But then I reread it and it was too late and I had already made the wrong choice and I know the person I was with didn't mind. BUT I AM STILL BEATING MYSELF UP OVER IT... Might be because of my tough childhood when I think about it... I'd...
    Lolinondoda Lolinondoda
    18-21, F
    Feb 4, 2015

    Not Perfect

    But I expect the best both of myself and of those around me. I'm not a.d.d. Or OCD or a perfectionist, I just have the high expectations, usually if I'm mad at you I'm disappointed with myself for not being there for you, me not being the best friend ever, or myself not being...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 22, 2013

    I Simply Can Not Tell a Lie....

    I am indeed my own worst critic. I am also my own worst enemy. If something goes wrong, I can blame myself for days, or even weeks depending on the type of error made or if I truly was at fault. See I take the blame for sh!t that ain't my fault too. That's how bad I am to myself...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Apr 30, 2009

    Balancing Self Critique

    I personally don't feel there is anything truly wrong with being your own worst critic. If your standards are high you will always excel, and you will always give yourself an honest answer. It can be an admirable quality which will you push you to always do more...
    rosebunny rosebunny
    22-25, F
    Jul 12, 2009

    The Enemy Inside

    hello. my friends always tell me how hard i am on myself, and its true. i suppose because i was brought up with such strictness and cruelty from the Evil Stepmother, that i have internalized that meanness. i never wanted to hurt anyone else, but i had no problems in doing it to...
    Cinderelly Cinderelly
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Aug 23, 2007

    I am very self critical,

    it's like a mantra with me. I plan what I'm going to wear, but sometimes the look doesn't turn out the way I wanted it to. I then feel awkward all day!
    Astrucbmt Astrucbmt
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 5, 2015

    I DEVELOPED low self esteem

    and lack of confidence in my childhood. At the time it was very difficult time for me moving to a new country so foreign to me. I didn't speak English and knew nothing about the culture My middle/highscholl peers bullied me constantly for my accent and my looks. I was a...
    uabman90 uabman90
    26-30, M
    Apr 23, 2014

    I think I am and most of us can be more

    critical of ourselves than others. I think it is a natural reaction. Most of us want to be the best we can. Being critical or taking self reflection can also be a strength as much as a weakness. It sjows maturity and character but it's all about balance and not getting down on...
    Kman4You Kman4You
    36-40, M
    May 8, 2015

    Hello World.

    As far back as I can remember I've always been my 'own worst critic.'  It seems like it was just the natural thing to do.  It seems to have started for me when my parents said to me "do your best."  They meant well, but for me they were basically...
    wallstotheworld wallstotheworld
    22-25, F
    Sep 28, 2009

    My Worst Problem

    All my problems seem to stem from this self-deprecating quality of mine. It's the reason why I just feel so s**t a lot of the time. I never feel like I can be enough, or conversely I feel like I'm TOO much. I'm always one of both extremes; I'm never "just right." I...
    DysfunctionalMuse DysfunctionalMuse
    22-25, M
    1 Response Aug 9, 2009
    CtKate27 CtKate27
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 15, 2014

    Many People Think

    lol that I have a very big ego or I don't properly estimate everything lol I am my own worst critic. I do criticize myself probably MORE than any of you criticizes themselves. Still I am smart enough to KNOW when I am right. While many people would never admit they...
    Thought1 Thought1
    Jul 8, 2009

    Worst Enemy

    Ive always been a misfit in school...always have been different than other people...i dont know myself well but what i do know is that i refuse to change into someone im not just so i can be accepted....but even though,....i cant help but listen to the comments i hear....and...
    ConLocura ConLocura
    18-21, F
    Sep 1, 2009

    They'd call us( own worst critic),

    'the flying-spider perfectionist'. I have no idea to what that mockery is about. When i said im probably the Type-A personality.
    sommersjo sommersjo
    36-40, F
    Jul 27, 2015

    I Judge Others the Way I Judge Myself

    I tend sometimes not to censor myself, and I will say really outlandishly critical things about people. And when someone takes what I say personally, usually if they don't know me very well - they usually go on the defensive and freak out on me. But I only treat other people...
    pinkspikes pinkspikes
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 26, 2007

    Voices of Criticism

    I was raised to be a 'high achiever' or be shamed.  The shame part didn't come on until I was 12 but it came hard.  I recall it as if it were yesterday. I brought home a report card from school.  My average was a 4.0 GPA.  I had 115% at the highest and an 89...
    AbbyNormal AbbyNormal
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 20, 2007

    Changing My Mindset

    I am my worst critic with everything and never hesitate to pick apart my flaws instead of embracing them. We all have things to improve on but It is how I view myself that needs to change. I can get so involved with being there for other people and trying to help everyone; but...
    newbride2012 newbride2012
    41-45, F
    Jun 24, 2012

    I Never Really Thought So

    I always think I am being to light on myself and others are as well, but I had a good friend tell me this many times before.  I have been told I expect too much of mself many times, and the funny thing is I never feel I gave enough.   Just kinda fits I guess...
    unicorn218 unicorn218
    26-30, M
    Apr 5, 2010

    Retort to Self Critic If I want to spend a

    money on a burrito I sure as h e l l can. If I want to think highly of myself I can. Give me one week to show you my life won't be in complete chaos if you let me off the leash.
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme
    22-25, F
    Aug 6, 2015


    I think sometimes I'm too critical of myself.
    SimplyLovely SimplyLovely
    22-25, F
    Jun 20, 2007

    I am a complete loser

    and incompetent with life.
    deleted deleted
    Jul 26, 2015

    I Don't Even Try Anymore.

    My projects never get finished because if it's not perfect, it's not done. I don't even start a lot of things because, in the back of my mind, if I can't devote enough time and concentration, planning, money, or the laundry list of unrelated ideals, then there's no sense in even...
    meirluck7 meirluck7
    Aug 26, 2008

    If I write, deaw, record,

    read, photograph, or sing something and I am not pleased with it I do it over and over again until I think it's perfect. It doesn't matter if it takes me, hours, days or weeks
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Mar 5, 2014

    I Am My Own Critic

    I know i dont listen to what others say and how they judge me reason being is i know i am ten times harsher then anyone else could be to me. Like many i have not had a easy life and i never let myself forget about it. I was adopted and i have had to work hard to tell myself it...
    lilkaratepunk lilkaratepunk
    18-21, F
    Sep 13, 2012
    ShaneStoner ShaneStoner
    22-25, M
    1 Response Dec 5, 2014

    My Own Worst Critic!

    Are you your own worst critic? In my case, nobody is more critical of me than myself, that is, when it comes to my writing. This reality can be both good and bad at the same time. Let me explain why. Writers who are overly critical of themselves are more likely to be thorough...
    paclark paclark
    Feb 26, 2013

    I remember when I would constantly beat myself

    up, I would always tell myself I wasn't good enough. Honestly, I didn't like the way I looked and acted. But coming to terms with the fact that I'm not perfect has honestly helped make me the best person I can be. Being positive is just as important as everyone says it is...
    metallic28 metallic28
    16-17, M
    Feb 6, 2015

    Letter to inner critic I don't owe you a

    moment more of my life. I don't owe you a second more of my happiness. I hear you loud and clear but guess what this is my life. Say what you want to me I don't care anymore.
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme
    22-25, F
    Aug 9, 2015

    Letter from self citric in retaliation I

    appreciate you giving me an open outlet to speak and I'm going to present my case for troubling you with my existence at all. If it was up to you things would be nonsense and you'd act hastily and hedonisticly. You'd go deep into debt and they would need construction equipment...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme
    22-25, F
    Aug 6, 2015

    In My Eyes

    I can Never do anything as well as it should be .. Im very much a perfectionist and having ocd makes it ten times worse ... no matter what i do .. Its not good enough the way i look is  never good enough .. like on yrbook im never doing battles again . cause i keep getting...
    starstruck2xtrme starstruck2xtrme
    26-30, F
    Jun 20, 2007

    Why So Critical?

    I never considered myself to be critical, but its something that I started noticing about myself. Anytime I think something good about myself, I seem to come back with a critical viewpoint. I dont necessarily think this is a bad thing- I dont want to reward myself too much or get...
    dreamingtoomuch dreamingtoomuch
    18-21, F
    Sep 17, 2012

    If I make something, create something,

    draw something. If it does not meet the standard that I myself have put on it then it does not matter how many people tell me it is nice work, I will not believe it.
    deleted deleted
    Feb 24, 2014

    I Am.....

    i know myself better then anyone else. so it is just fitting that i be the one to comment.the truth hurts, so it might aswell come from me. other people will tell you what they think you need to hear. i wont do that to myself,i will be truthful and if that hurts me, then so be it...
    sniperblue sniperblue
    26-30, F
    10 Responses Sep 13, 2009

    I live under the curse of being a perfectionist.

    It's good to expect the best of yourself, but to never be satisfied with what you've done... Not so good. I'm learning to cut myself the same slack that I would others. It's nice to just say, "it's ok and it's finished" rather than obsess on the little flaws. I have to...
    LookingForSoMuchMore LookingForSoMuchMore
    51-55, M
    May 15, 2014

    What More Can I Say

      I am my own worst critic, not only that but, I am my own worst enemy. Weather it be painting a nice scenery picture or doing something nice for some one. I always come back and say "man I could of done that better".      And, it is...
    tjsgirl tjsgirl
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Sep 22, 2008

    Am I The Person "They" Say I Am...Or Am I The Person I Think I Am???

    Everyday I hear and read the same quotes about "what other people think shouldn`t matter...just what you think of yourself"....blah blah blah!!! But what if I think I am: Ugly, fat, rude, stupid, worthless, a terrible mother and wife...(and just about any other terrible thing...
    deleted deleted
    Apr 11, 2013
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