What Do You Say When You Talk To Yourself…?

By Jeff Justice, CSP

Do you talk to yourself? A little voice inside your head just answered, “Yeah, I talk to myself all the time” or “No, I don’t talk to myself.” And if the voice told you no, it probably followed with, “You gotta be nuts to talk to yourself! Maybe others do, but not me.”

As humans, talking to ourselves is how we process information and make decisions. Psychiatrists say if we don’t talk to ourselves, we need to be talking to them! We cause stress sometimes by what we say when we talk to ourselves. Negative self-talk is harmful when we tell ourselves something we would resent someone else saying to us.
I am not a psychiatrist — I don’t even play one on TV. But here is a sound piece of mental health advice: STOP DOING THAT! Stop. Here’s a story:

A fellow is driving home one night. He coasts up to a stop sign, looks around and doesn’t see any traffic coming. So he slows down a bit, but he still runs the stop sign. A police officer is waiting around the corner in the shadows and pulls him over with his red lights and siren.
The officer asks, “Do you know why I stopped you?”
The guy says, “No, I don’t.”
“Well, you ran that stop sign back there.”
“Oh, no, didn’t you see? I slowed down.”
“Well, you’re supposed to stop.”
“I slowed down. It’s the same thing.”
“Look, the law says you have to come to a complete stop.”
“GIVE ME A BREAK! I SLOWED DOWN. WE BOTH KNOW IT’S THE SAME THING!”
At that point, the cop pulls out his nightstick and starts whacking the guy
over the head. The guy yells, “Owwwww! That hurts!” And the cop replies, “I
know. Now, do you want me to stop…or slow down?”
Quit beating yourself up. Stop it!

When you talk to yourself make it positive and powerful and you will get positive and powerful results…I’m positive.


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