the Inner Critic makes each of us a child. As we become the child in our relationships, we lose our sense of self. We are no longer self-contained, self-respecting adults. We look to others for validation. Our self-worth is based upon their opinions of us. Everyone around us becomes a mother or a father whose support and approval is desperately needed to protect us from the constant criticism of our Inner Critic. The irony in this is that nobody else can give us the approval we need. Nobody can give us anything but temporary relief from the pain caused by the Inner Critic. Only we can rescue ourselves from this ceaseless bombardment.