Below are homeworks for fostering greater self-compassion in people who are experiencing shame and self-criticism.
Building awareness of self-criticism as thinking
People who are highly self-critical typically have difficulty seeing their self-evaluations and criticisms as thinking, but instead see themselves as actually “being” what those thoughts say. Initial steps in working with self-criticism and shame typically involve developing awareness of the process of thinking self-critical thoughts, rather than simply “being” a damaged or weak self. Often, this is a big part of the focus in the early stages of therapy.
- Download homeworks that relate to building awareness of self-criticism
- Download homeworks that relate to reflecting on self-criticism
Homework exercises from the AWC Blog:
- Shame Psychoeducation Handout - Clients who are experiencing a high degree of shame can learn about the forms and functions of shame and how their individual shame shows up in their lives. Read the post here.
- Feeling the Impact of Self-Criticism Handout - Through closely attending to the emotional reaction to self-criticism, people can begin to feel the real impact of this way of relating to oneself. Read the blog post here.
- Self-Compassion Daily Rating Scale - Research shows that behaviors that we track are likely to change as a result of self monitoring. This strategy can be used to develop more awareness of self-critical tendencies and foster daily experiences of self-compassion. Read the blog post here.
Self-Critic Job Description - This is a defusion exercise for working with clients' relationship to their self-critic. Read the blog post here.