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Getting over parental criticism
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Getting over parental criticism

Hi Andreas - How do you get over internalizing parental criticism? Iím 35 and I thought I was over it, but recently my mother belittled and insulted me and all the old feelings of low self esteem and worthlessness came back. I could feel it in my heart chakra the most and in my solar plexus. I thought over the last few years our relationship has gotten better, but the recent incident made me realize sheís still the same person deep down. But I donít know why Iím still so emotionally and mentally affected by her. I began a spiritual journey about 5 years ago and I thought I was past letting others control my feelings and influence my ďenergy fieldĒ. Iíve studied metaphysics, practiced yoga and meditation but it all went down the drain when she started attacking me (verbally, emotionally, mentally) I lost my temper and screamed at her and stormed out. Iím sure our relationship is karmic in some way. I just donít know how to move past these low feelings about myself when she puts me down. Overall I think my self-esteem is lower than I believed it to be (even after all of the spiritual work Iíve done) based on my angry reaction and the feelings of worthlessness that followed. Most of all I'm sad and angry that she has such a low opinion of me that she has to criticize and attack me.

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