Friday Fix: How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

How to Quit Sabotaging Yourself

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 88

Why would a med student party all night before a big test? And why would someone who almost has all their debt paid off go out and buy a car they can’t afford? 

Self-sabotage is a strange concept. We claim we want to reach a goal and we complain about the obstacles that threaten our chances at success.

Yet, more often than not, the biggest hurdle to achievement is ourselves. We sabotage ourselves in some pretty clever ways.

It’s a phenomenon I see quite often as a therapist. Yet, some people don’t even realize they’re doing it.

Why on earth would we blow our own chances of success?

In this episode, I explain the psychology behind self-sabotage including the seven major reasons why we do it. Becoming more aware of those reasons can help you recognize self-sabotage when it’s happening. 

I also explain how to fix it so you can get out of your own way and start working toward your goals.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.