HOW SELF-TALK WORKS

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You may not always be aware of your inner thoughts, but they always exist in the background. Self-talk is essentially the communication you have with yourself. It is a tool that can help or hinder your emotional state. What you think or say to yourself affects the way you feel. The concept is simple, but changing the tenor of your self-talk can be difficult.

If you are like most people, your mind rarely focuses on the present moment. Have you ever driven from point A and arrived at point B uncertain of how you reached your destination? You were lost in thought, thinking about the past or the future. Talking to yourself isn’t necessarily a bad thing. All humans conduct an inner dialog. Do not confuse self-talk with the auditory hallucinations of schizophrenia, in which schizophrenics think others are telling them what to do or say. Schizophrenia is fairly rare, and other symptoms must be exhibited before a diagnosis can be made. Self-talk is normal.

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