9 Relinquishing Bad Objects

Danny was plagued by self-attack. Even the most trivial miscue or difficulty unleashed a torrent of self-directed invectives. In an unremitting, unforgiving, harsh internal voice, he would berate himself: "You idiot! You're stupid! What a loser! How could you be so dumb?" Even without committing any apparent peccadillo, he felt a presence hovering, waiting for the opportunity to unleash a string of vitriolic criticisms. Constantly feeling that almost anything he did was flawed, Danny was preoccupied with critical voices inside that seemed to have a life of their own. When he joined a social conversation, he felt he was not as interesting or engaging as the other people. Even more disconcerting, after leaving such a ...

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