What Is Self-Talk?
Are you aware of your inner voice—the one that provides a running monologue throughout the day and even into the night? Cheerful and supportive or negative and self-defeating, this internal chatter is referred to as self-talk. Self-talk combines conscious thoughts with unconscious beliefs and biases. It’s an effective way for the brain to interpret and process daily experiences. This inner voice is useful when it is positive, talking down fears and bolstering confidence. Human nature is prone to negative self-talk, however, and sweeping assertions like “I can’t do anything right” or “I’m a complete failure” are common diatribes. This negativity can be unrealistic and even harmful, paralyzing people into inaction and self-absorption to the point they are unaware of the world around them. The good news is: That negative inner critic can and should be challenged; becoming more aware of it is just a first step.