The Board of Mis-Directors
Can our internal dialogue really have its own web site?!?!?!!?
Sure enough! Check it out: www.boardofmisdirectors.com
You know who we're talking about - those internal voices that nag at you, that always know how embarrassed or angry or suspicious you should be, how certain kinds of efforts are not worth the risk, how it's always best not to make waves. They find and create drama at every turn, and are totally dedicated to letting you know just how overwhelming, infuriating, frightening, and full of suffering life can be.
They're the Board of Mis-Directors, misleading you like Shakespearean villains at their worst, setting off explosions of fear, anxiety, and trepidation about your basic worth,
your chances of success, and your place in the world.
And a Raging Magma Life is exactly what they DON'T want you to have.
Well, now the Board of Mis-Directors has an internet presence! They're keeping up with the times, taking advantage of the hours we spend with our computers - just their latest in a long (long!) list of techniques to infiltrate our thoughts and dreams.
Visit the Board of Mis-Director's website to find revealing descriptions of Board members (The Critic, The Rationalizer, The Forgetter, and more). And you can see these guys in action by reading their advice column Why Bother?, signing up for their newsletter On Second Thought... - or, for the really brave at heart, downloading a special report. (See the one on The Horrors of Intimacy - you can imagine.) Just be careful they don't pull you into their world - they're very tricky!
Give them a good look - and then take our survey
to let us know how you experience them in your life and what you think of them!
Most people who write about the inner critic think that the Board is well meaning - if maybe a bit misguided and overblown - developed in our childhood to keep us safe from a big and scary world.
Don’t be fooled.
The kind of safety they offer is the kind that turns us into disgruntled couch potatoes, disconnected from life and from our own bodies. Or the kind that keeps our adrenaline high and our stress levels off the charts. Either way, the chances of dying an early death with their tactics is actually pretty high. The chances of living way too many days afraid, bitter and frustrated are even higher. They simply are not looking out for our best interest.
Meanwhile, here are a few things to help you deal with the Board of Mis-Directors in your own life:
- Insight into the Board's favorite tactics - see our articles Take It Personally! and Pick on Everything!
- The Board of Mis-Directors Primer - a practical overview in e-book form to help you recognize the effects of the Board in your own life and get out from under their thrall. More about the Primer...
- The Raging Magma Life Newsletter - updates on Board developments as well as feature articles, fiction, exercises, and other resources for living a Raging Magma Life. More about our newsletter...
- Things to wear or hold - Get a Raging Magma Life t-shirt, mug, or thong! When the enemy gets bolder, it's important to stand up and declare your intent. Let it be known that you're not one to fall for their tricks! Or, at least remind yourself in more difficult times that there are other options!
What's the relationship between the Board of Mis-Directors and Distractions and Seductions? Read more here!
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