Have you been overly critical of yourself lately? How and why have you done this? Yeah, I have pretty much all the typical TMS personality types. Perfectionism is up there, and I criticise myself even when I do loads and achieve things. I do quite a wide range of hobbies, and I get frustrated when I can't fit them in or achieve things fast enough. I rarely praise myself, or step back and acknowledge what I do. I overly focus on the negative. When I try to relax, my mind thinks 'isn't there something you could be doing?' I think it is based on an unquestioned assumption that criticism gets things done, which isn't true, and that I would never get anything done if I wasn't harsh on myself, again not true. Being like this also reduces the pleasure of each activity. Another possible answer is how I was brought up, in a successful family expecting success. I also can be critical after social situations or if I mess something up. Regret was something I used to struggle with. I have been working on my self-compassion even before TMS, and I'm still improving. And improvement, not perfection is all we can ask for. I even felt a spark of self-compassion after the difficult journalling session today. Walt was right, journalling is emotionally difficult, but worth it. Speaking of improvement, I'm pleased to say I had another pain free workout (although not sure if I should be monitoring the pain so much). I've even included an exercise I avoided for almost two years and was advised against by a doctor. The pain moves around a bit, but it is diminishing, and my faith in TMS grows by the day.