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Rewriting your Self Talk

Rewriting your Self Talk

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An inner voice that provides a running monologue internal chatter combining conscious thoughts and unconscious beliefs and biases, provides a way for the brain to interpret and process daily experiences.

This critical inner voice can raise awareness of internal and external obstacles to ach...

Destructive self-talk causes you to question yourself so constantly that you can soon become paralyzed with doubt and uncertainty.

In constructive self-talk, you cheer yourself on, focus on the positive aspects of a situation, and allow yourself to feel goo...

  1. All-or-nothing or black-and-white thinking
  2. Overgeneralization—applying the results of one situation to all similar situations
  3. Mental filter—dwelling on one negative detail in an otherwise good experience
  4. Jumping to conclusions...

  1. Notice automatic thoughts. Notice the words and ideas being expressed.
  2. Identify distortions. See if you recognize any thought distortions or irrational beliefs like should, must, have to, ought, always, and never.
  3. Challenge your thoug...

  1. Personify your inner critic. Give it a silly identity that’s outside of you so you can gain distance from it.
  2. Play with your thoughts like sing the self-critical thoughts or use humor an...

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