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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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.
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.
Examples of inner negative dialogue, are:
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.
Don't fool yourself into thinking you’ve already achieved a goal, even though you haven’t, then you won’t try to achieve it, even though you should.
Consider this example. You’re overweight, you know it, and you don’t want to be. The false positive mode of self-talk would say, I’m in perfectly good shape. I don’t need to change anything. But something tugs at your mind from inside. It’s the nagging, persistent knowledge that you’re fooling yourself.
The true positive mode of self-talk : I want to lose ten pounds, and I know what I need to do to achieve it.
The silent conversations that people have with themselves influence how they live their lives. Some people benefit from internal dialogues, while others fall apart.
When we experience distress, research shows that introspection can do more harm than good. Introspection gives rise to negative cycles with potentially grave consequences for our mental and physical health. The ability to step back and reflect can help to get some perspective.
Most of us think that talking to ourselves mentally is a normal thing. But some people don’t have an ‘inner monologue’ with themselves and rely on visualizing what they are planning or thinking.
Research in psychology reveals that many don’t realize that they talk to themselves, and for some, it only occurs when they are under pressure or are trying to perform. It is not a sign of intelligence, but a window to one’s personality.
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