The Underminer Pattern

  • Do you believe that you can't be successful?
  • Do you hear a voice telling you that you are worthless and incompetent?
  • Do you hear a voice that is constantly doubting your abilities?
  • Do you believe that it is too dangerous to take risks?
This is the Underminer Pattern. Click here for more information.
XThe Underminer is a type of Inner Critic Pattern. Your Underminer is a part of you that tries to undermine your self-confidence and self-esteem so you won’t take risks that it thinks are dangerous or so you won’t try new activities and fail. It tells you that you can’t be successful and throws doubts on anything you might want to try. 

Your Underminer might make direct attacks on your self-worth in an attempt to tear you down so you will stay small and safe and won’t run the risk of falling from the greater height of being large and known. It may tell you that you are worthless or inadequate. It may call you stupid or incompetent. All these attacks are aimed at undermining your confidence so you won’t do anything that might not be safe. 

As a result of attacks from your Underminer, you are likely to end up feeling inadequate, powerless, and timid. You may approach the world from a passive, helpless place and not take steps to make your life what you want it to be. This is all part of the Underminer Pattern, too.

You can transform your Underminer Pattern
and have the confidence to move ahead in life.

Self-Therapy Journey is an interactive online tool
for resolving psychological issues such as the Underminer Pattern.
With Self-Therapy Journey, you can transform your Underminer Pattern into the Courage Capacity, which means you can...
  • Feel confident in what you can achieve.
  • Know that you can learn from mistakes.
  • Feel proud of your capacities and accomplishments.
  • Have the courage to step forward and stand out.
 Click here  for more information on the Courage Capacity.

You can create a personalized practice
for activating the Courage Capacity in your life.

Learn How Self-Therapy Journey Works with the Underminer Pattern

Self-Therapy Journey is a powerful tool
for transforming your Underminer Pattern
and cultivating your Courage Capacity.

But that's not all!
It works with many other psychological issues as well. It will help you work through a wide variety of patterns and develop many different capacities.

You Can...

  • Take command of your personal growth
  • Work at your own pace in your own time
  • Heal your emotional wounds
  • Gain self-confidence and courage
  • Open to intimacy and love
  • Feel hope and optimism about your life
    - each and every day
Discover how the powerful inner process of Self-Therapy Journey can change your life. It is an interactive web application that includes...

  • Check lists for understanding behavior, feelings, and motivations
  • Stories
  • Guided meditations for healing emotional wounds
  • Journaling
  • Customized reports
  • Personalized homework practices for behavior change
  • An online community for support
  • Systematic tracking of your progress
  • And much more

You can have the life you have always dreamed of,
at a tiny fraction of the cost of therapy.

Learn How Self-Therapy Journey Works with the Underminer Pattern

Self-Therapy Journey is brilliant. It's been an absolutely great experience to use it. Every time I had a thought like, "What about this?" there was something in the online system to handle it.

-- Athena Murphy

I think Self-Therapy Journey is immensely helpful. You can go as deep as you want.

-- Elizabeth Moulton,
Clinical Psychologist

It is impressive that this tool was so helpful to me considering that I have done ample self-work for over 25 years.

-- Faith Curtin, MA
Clinical Psychology

Working with Self-Therapy Journey will help you:

  • Dramatically increase your self-awareness
  • Understand your partner's behavior (and that of other people close to you)
  • Recognize when you are caught in self-defeating patterns - and change them to positive actions - right in the moment
  • Significantly lower your level of stress and reactivity
  • Be free of the constricting hold of old emotional wounds
  • Work through your fears so you can live authentically and courageously
  • Become emotionally stable and healthy, leading to peace and satisfaction
  • Enhance your ability for love, creativity, personal power, and living a life of purpose


I have been a psychotherapist for 40 years. I have helped hundreds of therapy clients to resolve troubling psychological issues and find love, success, and peace. And hundreds more people have used Self-Therapy Journey to make similar changes. My self-published book Self-Therapy has sold nearly 20,000 copies, and I constantly get emails from readers telling me how much the book has changed their lives.

I created Self-Therapy Journey as a place for you to do your own inner work. I want to make psychological healing available to a wide range of people. When you enroll, I will be personally available to support you in using it. I hold free teleseminars and webinars regularly on Self-Therapy Journey. Please join me.

Try Self-Therapy Journey so you can experience how powerful it is and how easy it is to use.

Jay Earley, PHD

Introductory Video with Jay Earley

Learn How Self-Therapy Journey Works with the Underminer Pattern

Self-Therapy Journey is based on
two comprehensive and powerful systems!

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1. The Pattern System®

The Pattern System is a breakthrough in understanding personality, a Periodic Table for psychology, created by Jay Earley, PhD.

It is a systematic approach to understanding your personality oriented toward psychological healing and personal growth, Self-Therapy Journey contains about 25 patterns, which are ways of behaving and feeling that you might want to change, such as people-pleasing, perfectionism, self-criticism, or avoiding intimacy.

Self-Therapy Journey helps you transform each pattern into a healthy capacity, such as assertiveness, ease, self-esteem, or cooperation. It also allows you to heal 14 different emotional wounds from childhood, such as being deprived or judged or feeling unlovable.

Everyone is unique! And the Pattern System recognizes this. You aren't put into a box. You get to understand the details of your particular personality.

The Pattern System provides the psychological content and IFS provides the therapy process.

Click here to learn more about the Pattern System.

2. Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is on the cutting edge of psychotherapy. It allows you to understand your psyche in a new way and create deep, powerful healing of old emotional wounds and trauma. IFS is a recognized, proven method for individual psychotherapy with a robust training program and thousands of certified therapists.

IFS enables you to understand each of the parts of your psyche, sometimes called sub-personalities. You can think of them as little people inside you. Each has its own perspective, feelings, memories, goals, and motivations. For example, one part of you might be trying to lose weight, and another part might want to eat whatever you want.

We all have many different parts, and we each have a spiritual center, the Self, which is compassionate, understanding, and grounded. Through IFS you can learn to stay in Self, develop a relationship with each of your parts, and heal them.

The key is that the your healing comes from you! This means that you can do IFS on your own, without a therapist, which is what makes Self-Therapy Journey possible.

Click here to watch an interview of Jay Earley on IFS by Tami Simon of Sounds True.

Support and Witnessing

You can work on Self-Therapy Journey completely on your own, or you can find a buddy or mentor from our online community to witness your work and support you in making changes in your life. You can also find a therapist guide from our list of professionals who will guide you in using Self-Therapy Journey and provide additional therapy if you want it.

In our online community, you can join a group of people who are dealing with the same issue. You can share with them your progress in your Self-Therapy Journey work and get answers to questions.

Learn How Self-Therapy Journey Works with the Underminer Pattern

I was amazed with the ease of use of STJ and how quickly it helped to identify areas in which I was having difficulty. The guided mediations helped me understand the underlying intention behind my pattern. The homework practice turned out beautifully, allowing me to be more cooperative with others. I learned to re-state confusing feelings in an accepting and loving way. I can now let go of those parts that are no longer serving me.

-- Colleen A.

The greatest benefit of Self-Therapy Journey is its ability to reveal the hidden motivations behind our limiting patterns. I recommend it highly.

-- Nick Lal,
Personal Development

The problems that I worked on using Self-Therapy Journey have been resolved. The Pattern System has jump-started a lot of my clients in understanding their issues at the beginning of their work.

-- Cathy Duke
Licensed Counselor

Have other issues you need help with?
Wondering if Self-Therapy Journey deals with them?
Click here to find out
Are you a therapist, coach, or other professional,
wondering about using Self-Therapy Journey with you clients?
Click here for all the information you need

Learn How Self-Therapy Journey Works with the Underminer Pattern

XWhen you have the Courage Capacity, you feel free to take risks in your life. You have the courage to put yourself forward, to speak out, to try new things, to move ahead with your life. Without being foolhardy, you have the confidence that you can learn new things, produce good work, impress people, and generally succeed at things that you are interested in and have some talent for.

You are willing to take reasonable risks to move ahead in your life socially and in your career. This is because you realize that even if things don't work out as you hoped, that this is simply feedback for you on how you need to try something different or use a different strategy. It doesn't mean that you are a failure or that you can't get what you want in life.

You aren't afraid to allow yourself to be visible, successful, strong, competent, or otherwise take up space. You are willing to allow yourself to be all that you are capable of being, to manifest your life purpose, to offer your unique gifts to the world.