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the act or practice of talking to oneself, either aloud or silently and mentallypositive self-talk
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What is self-talk?

Self-talk is the act or practice of talking to oneself aloud or mentally.

Self-talk, or talking to yourself is a normal, common practice. Sometimes people will engage in self-talk as a way to remind themselves to do something or to acquire something, such as reminding yourself to bring your homework with you to school. People will also use self-talk as a way of creating sound when it’s too quiet or to feel less alone.

While people talking to themselves out loud is common, deranged, excessive, or erratic self-talk can be a sign of an anxiety attack or a mental illness.

Mental self-talk is your internal dialogue, that is, the thoughts in your head or inner speech. According to psychology, the primary way humans think and reason seems to be through mental self-talk.

Example: I always try to engage in some positive self-talk before I go for a job interview.

Where does self-talk come from?

The first records of the term self-talk come from around the 1570s. It combines the combining form self, meaning “to or with oneself ,” and talk, meaning “to communicate by speaking.”

Mental self-talk can be positive or negative and is usually controlled by the subconscious mind. Positive self-talk is often associated with confidence, reassurance, and clear thinking, while negative self-talk is normally related to anxiety, depression, clouded thinking, and irrational behavior. Many therapists and psychologists will work with patients to maintain or supplement positive self-talk and avoid negative self-talk.

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How is self-talk used in real life?

Most often self-talk is used to discuss how we talk to ourselves in terms of mental well-being.


Try using self-talk!

Is self-talk used correctly in the following sentence?

I have been practicing positive self-talk by reminding myself rest is a need, not a reward.

How to use self-talk in a sentence