The Job of the Critic

  • Raymond M. Bergner
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


Where self-criticism is concerned, doing it right is first a matter of not doing it wrong. When clients cease engaging in their old, selfdevastating critical acts, they report very significant changes in how they feel and in how they behave. Self-criticism, however, is a vital and necessary human function. It is at the heart of human self-regulation (Bandura, 1986; Carver & Scheier, 1992; Kanfer, 1971; Meichenbaum, 1973; Ossorio, 1976, 1981, 1990; cf. Vygotsky, 1962). Thus, persons cannot function competently as self-regulating individuals if they cannot perform the job of critic. It is therefore enormously in their interests, not merely to desist from destructive selfcriticism, but to become the most competent critics that they are capable of being.


Critic Function Human Function High Priority Task Concrete Suggestion Evil Person 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond M. Bergner
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  1. 1.Illnois State UniversityNormalUSA

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