1) Figure out whether the self-talk is your own or a different voice.
- The voice is yours is to determine whether you are responsible for it. If you are not responsible for the voice and if you have no clue what this voice will say next.
- A mental disorder include hearing more than one voice;experiencing non-verbal thoughts,visions,tastes,experiencing the voices as a waking dream that feels real.
2) Examine the content of your self-talk
- Self -talk is not necessarily a bad thing. Articulating your thoughts can help you organize them. It can also help you thin through things are more carefully, particularly when making a tough decision.
3) Assess how your self- talk makes you feel
- Do I frequently feel concerned or guilty about how much I talk to myself?
- Does my self-talk make me sad, mad or anxious?
- Is me talking to myself such a big problem that I try to public situations to prevent embarassment?
- A licenced mental health professional can help you reflect on why you talk to yourself?
4) Assess how others respond to your self-talk
- Do people give me weird looks while I’m walking around?
- Do people often ask me to quiet down?
- Is this first thing someone hears from me is me talking to myself?
- You may be disrupting others when you self- talk and that you may need to get this habit under control the sake of your social relationships.
5) Assess whether your self-talk is generally positive or negative
- Positive self- talk can actually be good for you in situations where you want to feel highly motivated, such as job interview or intense work out. Telling yourself “you’ve got this, you can do it” something important. YOu can be your own cheerleader!