Self-Improvement Friday Fix: How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief Published on July 16, 2021 Print Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of Contents Friday Fix: Episode 88 More About This Podcast 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. Follow Now: Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Google Podcasts 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. More About This Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and Resources Follow Amy Morin on Instagram Check out Amy’s books on mental strength What Is the Fear of Success? Self-Handicapping and Protecting the Ego Creating Additional Mental Stress with Self-Sabotage 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. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.