As we saw above, during childhood, you pick up a whole set of rules for living and a set of methods for enforcing these rules. This is what we here call the inner critic. At a certain stage in your development, the inner critic is very useful. It helps you get along with your parents, and it gives you some means of navigating and thriving in the world.
However, in adult life, the inner critic can become very problematic and will increasingly hamper growth rather than support it. Below, I go over four important ways inner criticism becomes an obstacle to growth. This is not an exhaustive list, but it should suffice to illustrate the kind of problems inner criticism can cause in adults.