In a world in which we are constantly bombarded by idealized images on social media and advertisements, it is easy to feel inadequate. We are often our own worst critics, ruthlessly judging our perceived flaws or berating ourselves for the slightest mistake. If you are wondering, “Why am I so hard on myself,” it may comfort you to know that many people struggle with self-criticism. — People often have the misconception that they can bully themselves into doing better. But just as a bullied child is unlikely to thrive, being hard on yourself leads to less motivation and greater anxiety and depression. If you are looking to silence your inner-critic, here are some things to consider.