What Is Self-Talk?
Self-talk is your thoughts. It's what you're thinking in your mind, about yourself and the world around you.
You're always "talking" to yourself (thinking), whether you realize it or not, so why not make it work for you instead of against you?
One of the ways you get really angry is by talking to yourself in a very negative way that just builds your frustration and resentment.
Let's look at how your negative self-talk got started:
- You have had a lot of experiences in your life, and some of them were painful & traumatic for you, emotionally.
- When you have negative emotional experiences, your brain tries to figure things out, to prevent the bad things from happening again.
- In the process of figuring things out, your brain comes to conclusions, and those conclusions become your beliefs.
- For example, Jimmy's dad left when he was a little boy, and being a child, Jimmy concluded that it was his fault. His conclusions/beliefs would be something like, "There's something wrong with me," "I'm not good enough to be loved," and/or, "I have to try to get everybody to like me so they won't
- These beliefs set up life-long behavior patterns, and as an adult Jimmy's self-talk might revolve around his fears and strategies to keep people from abandoning him.
Jimmy might then fall into some very bad anger patterns, revolving around fears of people leaving, such as with jealousy and possessiveness.
"When you make your internal self talk positive, you're laying the groundwork for good relationships and
success in your personal and professional life."
Keeping your mind focused on positive thoughts is an excellent way to develop a habit of positive self-talk.
This is not difficult or complicated. You don't have to join any organization, or learn any new words. Just take the steps listed below, and you'll be surprised how fast you start feeling better.
How Do You Change Your Self-talk?
First, you go back to where it all began, then work your way forward to where you want to be.
Now let's go through the step-by-step process:
- Revisit your most powerful emotional experiences, with compassion and understanding for yourself. This actually helps you to heal emotionally, as with inner child work.
- Ask yourself what you concluded from these experiences, about yourself, about the cause of what happened, about other people, and about life in general. Also ask yourself what you decided to do going forward, to prevent bad things and get more of the good.
- Look through your list of conclusions, thoughts and strategies, and make a separate list of any beliefs that are self-limiting to you in any way.
- Now replace each of these old beliefs with new, positive, uplifting ones that take you where you want to go.
- Then, repeat these new, positive statements to yourself several times a day, until they become automatic and running in the background.
This is all a part of learning to love yourself.
If you're having trouble with this exercise, and the old negative beliefs just won't let go, you may need some counseling. No matter what, don't give up on yourself.
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