Whether you are "into" Internal Family Systems (IFS) or not, I wanted to tell you guys about a questionnaire that is a phenomenal way to get some clarification around what sort of Inner Critics are most present for you. This questionnaire was very eye-opening for me. We even discussed it on the parts therapy mailing list for a few days! It takes 5 minutes, maybe less. You do have to create an account to take the survey, but I don't think there's any confirmation required (it just takes you to the next screen, which I believe is the survey itself). The survey may tell you what you already know. I mean, I know I'm a perfectionist. I didn't need a survey to tell me that! It's really what comes afterwards that I found most illuminating, and helpful After you complete the survey, you have the option of profiling one of your Inner Critic parts (i.e. what triggers it, how it attacks you, what its motivation is) in order to help you understand it better. After you do this, you can then learn more about how to build up your Inner Champion to effectively respond to your Inner Critic, with the goal of transforming it so it is productive as opposed to destructive. To me, IFS is all about finding compassion for yourself -- including finding compassion for those inner critics that are destructive. I have strong feelings of hate towards my perfectionistic part, but I also have feelings of compassion. I understand more why it developed, why it feels like it has to be so incredibly loud, what its motivation is overall. That's partially because I took the time to understand it, instead of rejecting it as "bad" . Finding compassion for a criticism that is simply exhausting is not easy by any means. But because I tried, and am trying, to understand it, to reach more compassion towards it so it can be productive, I am making progress. And this survey, and the steps after it, helped me get started with that. So if you think you'd like to give it a try, go to www.psychemaps.com and follow instructions from there...and if you feel comfortable, I encourage you to share your results, experience, whatever here!