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Negative inner chatter, emotions, and the brain

A study of the Yale School of Medicin, revealed how persistend negative internal dialogue weakened multiple neural structures. 

Structures such as the insula and the amygdala showed high hyperactivity. These areas related to emotions such as fear or attention to threats in your environment sometimes plunge you into states of great psychological exhaustion. 

It is a fact that negative dialogue is the substrate that feeds anxiety. It often places you in the labyrinth of depression.

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What you say to yourself defines you

Several studies reveal that areas such as the left inferior frontal gyrus (Broca's area) activate when you talk to yourself.

Inner chatter generates about 4,000 words per minute; Internal dialogue works ten times faster than verbal speach. Thus, everything that happens in your mind, every idea, thought, selft-instruction, and assertion, has an enormous impact on you, both positively and negatively. Inner speech is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon.

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You must be aware of one thing: Your internal dialogue can directly affect your health, both physical and psychological. That limiting self-talk impairs your self-esteem and shuts down your potential, resources, and opportunities. Thus, you must change its docus. 

A simple way to achieve this is by addressing yourself in the second person instead of in the first person. This is a way to assume the role of a friend, who wishes the best for your and is attentive to correct your internal dialogue.

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Examples of inner negative dialogue, are:

  • "How could you say such a stupid thing?"
  • "Don't even try again because you're useless and you know it."
  • "Look at what happened today, you're always wrong, you're always making mistake after mistake."

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The following dialogue is an example: "I understand you're worried, but remember that you know how to overcome it. You've done it before, so trust that you deserve the best. You're strong, just keep trying".

Finally, this process takes time. Changing that limiting internal discource may be hard first, but you'll see changes progressively if you commit to it.

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