- It is so automatic and subtle you don’t notice it or the effect it has on your moods and feelings.
- It appears in telegraphic form- one short word or image (“Oh no!) contains a whole series of thoughts, memories, or associations.
- Anxious self-talk is typically irrational but almost always sounds like the truth.
- Negative self-talk perpetuates avoidance.
- Self-talk can initiate or aggravate a panic attack.
- Negative self-talk is a series of negative bad habits. (You have to reprogram your brain to say helpful uplifting confident talk to remove the negative thoughts. Read about how women with anxiety are especially prone to negative self-talk and negative thoughts about themselves.)
By Edmund J. Bourne, Phd