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. Your self-talk combines your conscious thoughts with your unconscious beliefs and biases. It’s an effective way for your brain to interpret and process your daily experiences. The inner voice is useful when it, for example, talks down your fears and bolsters your confidence. However, human nature is prone to negative self-talk; sweeping assertions like “I can’t do anything right” or “I’m a complete failure” are common diatribes. You know this negativity can be unrealistic or even harmful. It can paralyze you into inaction, and you may even find yourself so self-absorbed you become unaware of the world around you. Beating yourself up is too easy. The good news is that you can learn to challenge that negative inner critic, and becoming more aware of it is just a first step.