Needless to say, I was not raised with any compassion and have spent most of my life treating myself harshly.
To avoid the harshness of the voice that criticizes the writing, I stop writing. Writer’s block is easier to take than unleashing a cruel introject when I write.
When reading Kermit Rockefeller’s book, Visualize Confidence, I realized I could have compassionate coaches. So I chose Mr. Rogers and Ellen Burstyn. When I am down on myself I imagine a conversation with both of them who usually put things in perspective and I find my mood lightening.
How do you generate self-compassion when you are down on yourself and does this self-rejection interfere with your writing?