Why do you need to silence your inner critic? In this video, Denise Jacobs shares the three ways that the inner critic blocks creativity. Learn about where your inner critic lives in your brain and how it affects flow states. Learn how to overcome this part of the brain to access the passion and energy of flow.
- We really need to remove the block to our creativity that is the inner critic. As someone who wants to see people unleash their creativity and do their best work, my main concern with the inner critic is threefold. First, the inner critic completely blocks creativity, creative thinking, and clear problem solving. Second, the inner critic erodes self-confidence and self-trust. Third, the inner critic completely shuts down creative collaboration. Now, this is not mere speculation, by the way. There is a great TedTalk by neuroscientist Charles Limb called Your Brain on Improvisation. He's done studies that actually show that the inner critic can be measured and pinpointed in the brain. He works with jazz instrumentalists and hiphop artists, and he puts them into an MRI machine, and he scans their brain while they're doing their thing. What he discovered is this. While these folks are improvising, an area of the brain that's called the lateral prefrontal cortex goes way down in activity and becomes essentially quiet. This is the part of the brain that's in charge of self-monitoring and evaluation, self-judgment, decision-making, and behavior moderation and control. In stark contrast, other parts of the brain are far more active, the parts that are associated with self-expression and lack of inhibition. What happens is that the part of your brain where all of your ideas are is active, and thus they are able to start flowing out of you. We always have mental connections, partially formed ideas, and fully formed concepts in our heads. But ideas start flowing when self-imposed mental barriers have been removed. So the question is whether or not we get out of our own way and whether or not we let them flow out of us and play. So the upshot is this. When the part of your brain that is in charge of self-doubt, self-judgment, and behavior modification is active, creativity can't happen. When you are less inhibited and feeling free to express yourself, when you're confident, self-assured, and you trust yourself to come up with solution, then you can get into creative flow. In other words, when you're doing your best work, it's because the inner critic is silent. So here's the bad news. The inner critic stands between us and our creativity. The inner critic stands between us and our brilliant ideas. The inner critic stands between us and our creative power. The good news is that, through the process of this course, I am going to help you get back to that power, to that passion, to the energy and flow that is on the other side of the inner critic. And together, step by step, we're going to reclaim your creative power.
- Removing creative blocks
- Silencing the negative voice in your head
- Breaking the cycle of self-doubt
- Unlocking idea flow
- Kick-starting idea generation
- Conquering the fear of judgment
- Transforming self-talk
- Stopping the comparison cycle
- Acknowledging your achievements
- Sharing your brilliance with the world