Distrusting the Voices

So I’ve been musing about the voices in my head, and how you know when they’re real: how do you distinguish between the anxiety weasels and actual voices that say needed things?

How do you know if you are ugly or beautiful? Worth something? Annoying or funny?

Anxiety means it’s all lies; so how do you actually know what the truth it? When do you start believing the voice in your head, having always shouted it down for lying?

I don’t really have any answers yet, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot.

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Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.

2 thoughts on “Distrusting the Voices”

  1. Excellent musings, Kate. I also don’t have any answers. But I feel like there’s something about how the voices align with your instinct to act, maybe? If your instinct is to act kind or trusting towards others (even if you are sometimes overcome by introvert urges to hibernate!) then maybe you should listen to the voices about yourself that take a similar tone. I struggle a lot with self-criticism, but have found that I can be a little more balanced these days. And I think that is down to listening to the tone rather than the words that the voices are saying.

    I don’t think that has conveyed what I really want to say, sorry. But I did want to comment and say that I am listening and ready to contradict any lying voices, because you’re awesome and deserve to be reminded of it!

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