The inner critic can be especially harsh or even vicious in instances of depression, self-harm, strong anxiety, OCD, and eating distress, among others. It is essentially an internalised judgemental voice, originally intended to protect and guard against judgement from the outside, by judging you from the inside instead. Just to add to the problem, the critic tends to sound very sure of itself, it sounds true, and can be very convincing. Maybe it is ironic that it is precisely the extent to which it sounds sure of itself, that it is actually terribly afraid of being judged or rejected. Far from being sure of itself, the stronger it is, the more fragile it is. In truth, the inner critic it is trying to protect you, maybe vehemently and harmfully, from being hurt again. While the instinctive responses to this inner critical voice might be to push it away and/or to accept what it is saying as the truth and thus become its victim, this part of you may actually need a different kind of care and attention.