What is self-talk?
Self-talk is your internal dialogue: An inner voice that provides an endless stream of commentary about your experiences, ideas, actions, and accomplishments. Your self-talk is a combination of conscious thoughts and unconscious beliefs and biases that help the brain process and interpret information. In general, self-talk is classified as either positive or negative:
Fortunately, everyone can tune into their mind chatter and learn to change negative thinking into positive thinking. The process of changing self-talk is simple, but it takes a lot of time, practice, and patience – like changing any other bad habit.
NOTE: This lesson teaches children how to develop awareness for their self-talk without teaching students how to change their self-talk. Throughout the rest of the program, students will learn skills, techniques, and tips for changing self-talk but today, students will simply learn how to tune into their mind chatter. After all, you need to be aware of your self-talk before you can change it.
Why is it important to be aware of your self-talk?
Where can I learn more?
What will students learn?
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to…
- Clearly describe and recognize self-talk
- Distinguish between positive and negative self-talk
- Recognize the effects of positive and negative self-talk on thoughts, feelings, and actions
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