Positive Self-Talk

Positive self-talk

All of us have an internal dialogue or self-talk. What we say to ourselves in response to an event determines our feeling about the event. As an example, a student starts saying to himself that he is going to fail the math test and might as well turn in his paper and drop the class. The negative self-talk (fail the math test) leads to feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. How do think this student will perform on the test? Students with science or math anxiety usually use negative self-talk which can increase the anxiety, reduce the ability of the working memory to process information, and result in poor grades.

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You are responsible for your feelings and can change your feelings by controlling your self-talk. You have a choice to have positive or negative self-talk while doing your homework or during a test. The first step is for you to become aware of your self-talk messages and identify the negative thoughts then counter those with positive self-talk messages.