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  • - How has the inner critic been showing up for you lately?

  • I mean, you know, she's here,

  • she's loud and intolerable sometimes

  • but I've been trying to just treat her like a friend

  • who's trying to protect me.

  • That's great.

  • I'm glad that you're managing in new ways

  • because you know,

  • the inner critic never goes away completely.

  • Ugh. I know. (laughs)

  • Why?

  • (laughs) All right, my dear, same time next week?

  • Yeah. See you then bye.

  • Time to work on my script

  • - Working on your shitty screenplay again I see.

  • - Yep. I am.

  • It's the first step towards a good screenplay so.

  • - I wouldn't show that to anyone.

  • - Oh, I won't.

  • It's just for fun and to study my craft.

  • - It sounds like a waste of time,

  • time that could be spent being productive.

  • - Well, if it takes 10,000 hours to get good at something

  • then this one hour I'm spending gets me closer to my goal

  • which is undeniably and objectively,

  • your definition of productive.

  • - You're being really annoying.

  • - Reframe, I'm persistent.

  • - Is this chipper attitude

  • because you watched Ted Lasso?

  • - Oh my God.

  • Probably.

  • Oh, what a good show.

  • I loved it.

  • - Oh, I bet.

  • You spent what?

  • Eight hours staring at a screen.

  • - Eight hours staring at a screen learning lessons

  • I'm integrating into my screenplay.

  • (Cries)

  • Hey.

  • What's wrong?

  • - Why are you doing this?

  • - Doing what?

  • - Don't you understand?

  • This is my job.

  • You think I like being this,

  • this hideous pessimist?

  • - Reframe, cute realist.

  • - Stop it.

  • - I have one job,

  • one job.

  • And you're taking it away from me.

  • - Melissa, I'm sorry.

  • Okay?

  • But you exist because at one point in the past I needed you

  • and I don't anymore.

  • - I still am a great coping mechanism.

  • - Look, I appreciate everything you've done for me

  • but the old way, it's just not working.

  • Okay, I'm not just surviving,

  • I'm thriving and I need you to adapt and change with me.

  • - Okay.

  • How?

  • - When I'm being creative, right?

  • Just, just give me some space to like be

  • in the flow and try new things and take risks

  • and if it's bad.

  • - Oh, it's so much worse than bad.

  • Your writing is terrible.

  • - Then, that's okay.

  • We can work together to make it better after.

  • But you know, when you show up

  • and you like breathe down my neck

  • when I'm trying to crank out a first draft,

  • it's not helpful.

  • - Okay.

  • I can, I can try to do that.

  • What else?

  • - Well, when I'm looking at my body in the mirror.

  • - Oh, you definitely gained weight.

  • Your arms are so muscular.

  • Your quads are huge.

  • I mean, that looks dumpy as hell on short girls,

  • your face is really fat too.

  • God, no wonder you're single.

  • I mean, if you don't have thigh gap

  • who the fuck are you?

  • But that's our morning routine.

  • - It's not my favorite way to start the day.

  • - What do you want me to say?

  • That your body is fine?

  • That you've been fed unrealistic beauty standards

  • and morphed images that have skewed what you view as healthy

  • and beautiful.

  • - Yeah.

  • Yeah, that would be really nice to hear in morning.

  • - Okay. I, I guess I can do that.

  • - Thank you.

  • I really appreciate it.

  • I do.

  • - Can I still call you stupid?

  • - I would like it if you did not.

  • - Does Becky, still get to call you fat?

  • - Hey, you fat bitch.

  • Just a reminder that your worth is in your fuck ability

  • and you are a hideous troll, babe.

  • - Actually, I have to have the same talk with Becky.

  • You guys have a lot of overlap

  • but don't tell her this,

  • I'm going to evict her.

  • I mean, body dysmorphia didn't serve me then,

  • doesn't serve me now, but it just,

  • it gave me such a sense of control, I don't know.

  • - Becky's leaving?

  • I just, I feel like everything's changing.

  • - Yeah. Things are changing, but change is good.

  • You know, being called a dumb, stupid bitch, okay

  • it's just not what I need to hear anymore.

  • It's also, it's it's a little redundant.

  • - Yeah, I guess it is.

  • What if I called you a dumb, ugly bitch instead?

  • - No, I'm okay.

  • - Are you sure?

  • That always used to make you work harder?

  • You're so motivated by worthlessness.

  • - I was, but I'm changing that

  • and I would love it if my inner critic could change with me.

  • (girl screams)

  • Oh my God.

  • Who is supposed to be watching my inner child?

  • - I think Becky was.

  • - Oh my God.

  • You left a child with Becky?

  • I'm going to be so damaged.

  • Becky.

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  • I just listened to Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

  • and it was very heartwarming.

  • You know, I think Brene has so many amazing insights

  • about vulnerability and courage

  • and how we can show up and be more authentically

  • and bravely ourselves.

  • She is my favorite shame researcher, for sure.

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  • Bye.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/11
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