For most of our lives, many of us may live unaware of how they communicate with themselves - be this verbal self-talk, or through thoughts (non-verbal communication with self). This may also be referred to as our internal dialogue.
Sometimes we can find that there are certain aspects of our inner dialogue that can in many ways be quite negative - where we may put ourselves down, blame ourselves, criticise ourselves, or compare ourselves to others, which can then affect our self-confidence, and our ability to believe in ourselves and who we are. Negative self-talk can and has been shown to affect people in a number of ways, including being linked to an increased risk of mental health problems. (1)
Recent scientific studies have shown the impact of positive and negative impacts of this inner self talk - with positive thoughts being linked to better mood, better self-esteem, stress management, and a higher sense of wellbeing.
In this contemplation audio, the listener is guided through a contemplation exercise for looking at discovering more about their own internal self chatter.
(1) Kinderman P, Schwannauer M, Pontin E, Tai S. Psychological Processes Mediate the Impact of Familial Risk, Social Circumstances and Life Events on Mental Health. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(10):e76564. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076564