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While it's easy to believe that the main barriers to being more productive, generating and developing ideas, and doing our best work are external (how many times have you vented to a coworker about "hitting a wall?"), the truth is that these frustrating blocks are most often in our own heads. What is the entity responsible for this? The Inner Critic.

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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Mango Media (first published December 13th 2016)
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Szymon Kulec
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The inner critic is a part of our mind, molded by years of upbringing. It's protective, it's vocal and it can be extremely prohibitive and devastatingly forbidding. Can you silence it, can you banish it? This book provides some answers to this questions.

I think that this book would have gained if it had been written as a set of exercises, one per page. It is not written this way though. Sometimes it uses tone that is much too soft, sometimes it describes small, easy things in a very lengthy way.
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Patsy Parker
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting mystery!
Gen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Some useful information but boy was it a chore to read! Very repetitive and formulaic. The book could easily be half as long.
Johnny
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Your inner critic is not telling you how to improve. In the contrary. The inner critic with all the doubt, arguing and what-if’s is actively stopping you. Great ideas never see the light of day because the inner critic voiced “this is not good enough” or “everyone knows that”.

Denise Jacobs explains in this book how bad those self-doubts really are. There are many personal stories of Denise that make clear that you are not alone with your inner critic. But even better, she gives simple and

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Ietrio
Nov 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
Snake oil "based on several years of research on the creative process, article written and presentations developed and delivered around the world, survey feedback, coaching clients, and most importantly, talking with conference and workshop attendees and other creatives of all sorts in multiple industries" (p. 18). Compared to this, homeopathy and "vaccines give you ADHD" look like science.
Jakub
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
more like 3 than 4.

This is a handbook with lots of good advice how to help yourself. Its not like a book that you will read, write down some ideas or action points. This is more like something that you will return to use specific method again. Most of the methods described are not things that you can do on fly.

Therefore, if you want to take most out of this book, you need to work hard and you need to come back to it quite often.

Methods described in book works. Names are different but this are
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Sasha
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
If this is one of the first self-help books you read on creativity, self compassion, or any of the other trending self esteem topics, it's a great overview. Jacobs crystallizes a lot of the ideas and exercises that can be found in similar books. I was hoping for a little more. I did like the way this book was organized, and remembering to trust in yourself is always positive! But for deeper dives, I'd recommend reading Neff, Pressfield, or Cameron instead.
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Denise R. Jacobs is a Speaker + Author + Creativity Evangelist who speaks at conferences and consults with companies worldwide. As the Founder + CEO of The Creative Dose, she promotes techniques to unlock creativity and spark innovation in people, teams, and workplaces, particularly those in the tech world. She teaches game-changing techniques for busting through creative blocks, developing clear ...more
“I saw a series of tweets that sparked a wave of self-loathing so profound that I spent the day sobbing and despondent, as I chastised myself for being a failure. I had fallen into the deep pit of Comparison Syndrome, and to return to anything close to being productive took a day or two of painstakingly clawing my way out.” 0 likes
“This power is in everybody. We all have the desire to create something out of nothing, be it a recipe, a poem, or a business.” 0 likes
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