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disengaging from inner criticism (online course)

How to use negative self-talk as key to increasing inner unity and power

Inner criticism is what you experience when you see certain naturally occurring thoughts, emotions and behaviours in yourself as a problem to be solved, as something bad to be controlled, or as something shameful to be hidden. 

Inner criticism can undermine your self-confidence and create inner paralysis that prevents you from achieving your true goals in life. 

On this online course, you will learn 

  • to recognise inner criticism and its effects
  • to transform inner criticism into empathetic understanding of yourself and others
  • to achieve increased inner unity and power so you can pursue your goals in life with energy and resolve and without ambivalence and doubt.

The course is based on the book of the same name. The material comes from more than a decade of working with clients.

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What people say about the book and the course

What do you get?

  • Over two hours of video presentations from the original workshops
  • 10 carefully designed reflection exercises to help you connect the material to your own personal experience
  • 10 Quizzes to help you integrate the material
  • Access to a closed Facebook group where you can connect with others who are working with the course and/or the book
  • Lifetime access to the course – including future upgrades.
    So far the course contains five out of the fifteen paths described in the book. I plan to upload videos describing the remaining ten paths. Whenever I extend the course, I will adjust the price accordingly. So, if you sign up today, you will get the future content at the present price (sign up now)

Course content

  • Introduction to the course 
  • Disengaging from inner criticism as a path to liberation (1:45)
  • Benefits of disengaging from inner criticism (10:02)
  • Inner critic vs. inner criticism (4:49)
  • Why inner criticism can be difficult to detect (4:12)
  • How to detect inner criticism anyway
  • – Deficiency emotions (3:54)
  • – Deficincy motivations (6:27)
  • – Using other people’s criticism of you to detct inner criticism (6:59)
  • – Reflection exercise (0:20)
  • – Using your criticism of other people to detect inner criticism (7:07)
  • – Reflection exercise (1:53)
  • Three voices of inner criticism (judgement, fear, cynicism) (10:43)
  • – Reflection exercise (0:40)
  • Three reactions to inner criticism (comply, combat, collapse) (12:46)
  • – Reflection exercise (1:31)
  • Path 1: Disengaging by not engaging (8:34)
  • – Reflection exercise (1:14)
  • Path 2: Identifying the underlying themes of your inner criticism (8:23)
  • Path 7: Turning your awareness to what is beyond inner criticism (5:26)
  • – Meditation on what is beyond inner criticism (5:42)
  • – Reflection exercise (0:53)
  • Path 10: Embracing the felt sense of parts you dislike in yourself and others (13:00)
  • – Reflection exercise (2:45)
  • Path 11: Moving beyond good and evil (1:18)
  • – Method 1: Make a list of positive character traits (1:05)
  • – Method 1: Positive self-concept (2:49)
  • – Method 1: What felt sense are you reaching for through your positive self-concept? (1:20)
  • – Method 1: Disengaging from inner criticism through the positive self-concept (2:49)
  • – Method 2: Make a list of negative character traits (2:26)
  • – Method 2: Giving space to negative the self-concept (5:58)
  • – Method 2: Disengaging from inner criticism by giving space to negative self-concepts (3:18)

Development of the course and price to date

Price of course (incl. 25% VAT)
Version Added material for each version DKK £ $
1 Videos from original course 250 22 27 30
2 Quizzes and meta-text 299 34 40 46
3 Introduction + Section on reactions to inner criticism    360 40 48 55

Future upgrades will include topics, such as:

  • Inner criticism as inner culture between personality parts
  • Taking the jewel out of the mouth of the snake – how you can separate the gift of inner criticism from the value judgement of inner criticism
  • The role of anger in the work with inner criticism
  • Working with the intention of inner criticism
  • Using awareness of felt sense to boost your work with inner criticism
  • Appreciation and radical acceptance as ways of disengaging from inner criticism and cultivate an inner culture of empathetic understanding. 

About Claus Springborg

Over the last couple of decades, I have studied various traditional and contemporary paths of personal development. In particular, I have studied the Enneagram with Claudio Naranjo, Tibetan Buddhism with Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, and the Diamond Logos essence work with Faisal Muqaddam, Jeremy Klein, and Velusia Van Horssen. I also hold a master practitioner degree in NLP.

I did my doctoral research at Cranfield University, the UK. I researched how I could use modern cognitive science to understand the practices of personal development I had learned from the above-mentioned masters. In particular, I used cognitive metaphor theory and theories of embodied cognition. Sixty managers from various organisations participated in the research. The research is published in the book Sensory Templates and Manager Cognition: Art, Cognitive Science and Spiritual Practices in Management Education and in several book chapters and academic papers on topics, such as education, therapy, cognitive science, leadership, and community building.

Today, I have established a school, Sensing Mind Institute, where I teach my methods of personal development to therapists, psychologists, counsellors, managers and others who work professionally with people. Apart from my work with Sensing Mind Institute, I am lecturing on entrepreneurship, community building, and co-creation at Copenhagen Business School and at The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

I have a background in music, dance, and physics. In my teaching, I emphasise kindness, precision, and humour.

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