FOR SOME OF US, the toughest condemnation we'll ever face is the self-inflicted kind. Self-condemning thoughts can sting more keenly than another's judgment because, when it comes to our own troubles, we know the details all too well. Be it a bad choice, a moment (or a long stretch) of failure, or the mistake once made that doesn't want to fade away, the memory of past wrong can parade through the mind like a continuous loop video in a museum exhibit.

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