They call it “negative self talk,” “automatic negative thoughts,” “the inner critic.”
Basically, it’s those negative thoughts that pop up and tell you, “you’re not good enough, you’re not ready, you shouldn’t try,” etc etc etc.
Dealing with it can be difficult – not because we agree with it, necessarily – but because it just repeats itself over and over and over again.
Psychologist Nick Wignall has a great article dealing with this:
“10 Types of Negative Self-Talk”
The techniques described here (and in the next episode) are essentially a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – if you’re interested in learning more, ask your therapist or counselor about it.
If you want to go on to the next steps, check out Dr. Ben Martin’s article on “Challenging Negative Self Talk.”
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