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Positive Self-talk


Positive self-talk can support self-efficacy, optimism, Self-regulation, and a Learner Mindset. How adults identify as learners and their persistence when faced with a challenge can be impacted by their internal dialogue. Practicing positive self-talk is important across the lifespan due to the clear relationship between self-talk and performance, mental and physical health, and stress-related variables.

Self-talk can be thought in one's mind or spoken out loud for any of the following purposes: interpreting one's feelings and perceptions, regulating and changing evaluations, or giving oneself instructions or reinforcement. Four types of self-talk include positive, negative, motivational, and instructional. Positive self-talk can support stress reduction, increased Attention, and increased Cognitive Flexibility while mitigating negative effects of Adverse Experiences.

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Small shifts in the language people use to refer to the self can influence their ability to regulate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in stress-related contexts. Self-talk can involve using "I" statements, "you" referring to the self, or "distanced self-talk" using one's own name and other non-first person pronouns. Distanced self-talk has been found to be particularly effective in adults' Sel