Course Detail

RD011 - Inner Coach 1: Beating Self-Criticism and Self-Sabotage

Audience: All researchers (including staff and PhD students)

The first of four workshops designed to help researchers build psychological robustness. We know that researchers tend to be high-achievers with a strong sense of drive. But these advantageous characteristics generally have a negative side to them, which we are often unaware of, namely a level of self-criticism and perfectionism that actually holds the individual back. In this workshop we will discuss some concepts that will help us understand these self-sabotaging tendencies, including the negativity bias, the inner critic and the imposter syndrome. We will also explore some practical techniques for conquering our unconscious negativity, and for developing an “inner coach” to give us encouragement when the going gets tough.

(Please note this workshop was previously entitled: Busting Self-Criticism and Self-Sabotage.)

Keywords: perfectionism, self-sabotage, well-being


Provided by: Researcher Development


Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019

Venue: Graduate Centre 1.01, Graduate Centre, Mile End

Time: 10:00 - 13:00


  • Dr C Dunmore