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Chapter 2. Parental Messages and Critica... > Exercise: Parental Messages

Exercise: Parental Messages

  1. Check any messages that you received as a child.

    “Don’t be angry.”

    “Be perfect.”

    “Children should be seen and not heard.”

    “What will other people think.”

    “Don’t make trouble.”

    “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything.”

    “Don’t interrupt.”

    “Grit your teeth and bear it.”

    “Always finish what you start.”

    “Don’t fight back.”

    “Older people know better than you.”

    “Be careful or you might get hurt.”

  2. List any other messages you received as a child:

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  3. Pick three of the messages you received as a child and analyze how they affect your behavior as an adult and your response to criticism:

    Message Ramifications


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