Health Effects of Self-Critical Emotions

It has been widely recognized that our emotional, spiritual and physical health are all affected by our thoughts and feelings. One area of that should be getting more attention along these lines is the severe and far-reaching health effects of self-critical thoughts and emotions.

These thoughts and feelings can come from a variety of sources. One significant source is unhealthy family relationships or other situations (often at work or at church) that have given us a strongly negative message about ourselves.

Many people have been traumatized or otherwise victimized by others who have communicated negative feelings of inferiority, criticism and rejection. These thoughts and feelings can be internalized and planted as a seed that grows into a plant whose fruit includes strong feelings of worthlessness, inferiority and self-hate. These thoughts can cripple us spiritually, emotionally and physically.

See if you or a loved one ever feel these feelings: I am not good enough, I’m a failure, I’m bad, I’m ashamed, I’m too weak, I’m not smart enough, not good enough (at whatever), I’ll never measure up or get the validation or approval I need.

If these are recognized, spend time meditating on the Scriptures, praying in the Spirit, and doing our self-deliverance session on forgiveness for all who have hurt you. Pray for healing of all hurts, traumas, wounds and damage caused by others. We will take this subject up again soon, and deal with it more deeply.

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