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Quick Reads #5 - Who Defines My Thoughts

Who defines your daily thoughts? Is it you or is it someone else? When we talk about anxiety, it never really is you thinking about the stressors, it's the anxiety talking for you. Here are a few types of thoughts you might see in your life.

Self Critic

The self critic is unique as they usually get the thoughts from someone else and apply them to themselves. A few places their thoughts and anxiety may be coming from is
  • Their family and friends 
  • Thoughts they created due to a past experience 
    • -These can include things such as betrayal or grief
  • Social media 
    • This includes celebrities and people who may look like are living a better life.
The self critic has low self-esteem and does not like to work on themselves. They lack self love.
They need to understand that you are only hurting yourself.


The What-If is the person who keeps on asking themselves "what if I do this and that happens." They do not understand that overthinking is the main cause of their problem and thinking about the future rather than the present on gives more anxiety.


This one is triggered by anger and frustration. This person is set off by words, phrases or even other senses like smell or sight. This is usually due to bad past experiences.


This is the type that gives up their sleep and replaces it with their thoughts, they usually neglect and procrastinate on their work throughout the day and then work on the projects and thoughts at night. They usually also have low self esteem.

As many people know, controlling your thoughts is hard but once you understand how they work and how you think, it becomes much easier. Do you fit in these? Are you different? Write it in the comments. Good Luck!

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