Yes, self-criticism is both self-indulgent and self-absorbed.
Big deal. (This is genuine sarcasm).
Self-criticism is self-indulgent. True! Being self-indulgent is not morally wrong, however. Most people are self-indulgent in one way or another if to varying degrees. It’s part of the human condition. Being self-indulgent isn’t morally right, either.
Morality is a separate issue.
There are just so many better things we can do with ourselves than self-criticize. Extending our energy outward – toward others – to help or connect in any way is clearly a better option than to sit around mind-f**ing ourselves. And it feels better too!
So why is it so hard to let go of self-criticism – to stop saying nasty things to ourselves – when there are so many better things to do? The answer to this question SUCKS so bad!
We can’t let go of self-criticism because we unconsciously prefer to shit on ourselves over all other options.
Unconscious attachments. I don’t want to explain, so if you’re intrigued, learn about self-sabotaging attachments.