Thursday, April 26, 2012

The ZigZag Café - April 26

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Someone told me recently, “I am always ashamed of myself. I have to do the right things to be liked. I search for who I am – my identity, but only find self-criticism.”

Any thoughts?


Anonymous said...

Healing from self-criticism takes time. It's a kind of demon or type
of affliction that comes often at a weak time...and comes back.

I would say, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." James 4:8
or 8:4?

And, keep fighting.

Psalm 80
"I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket....
Open wide your mouth and I will fill would be fed with the finest of wheat, with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
vs. 6, 10b, 16

Greg said...

Thanks. These are wise words. The person in question is not a Christian. I wonder if a way to begin is to get at the problem of a false type of introspection. Self-criticism, ironically, can often be based on a misunderstanding of trust and suspicion - those interior dimensions that tend to control.