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3 Tips to Tackle Negative Self-talk

Simone Thomas, August 19, 2023


Self-doubt is a psychological state characterized by a lack of confidence or belief in oneself, one's abilities, or one's decisions. It involves questioning one's worth, skills, competence, and judgment, leading to feelings of uncertainty, insecurity, and hesitation.


Challenging negative self-talk is an important step in promoting a healthier mindset and improving self-esteem. Here are three methods you can use to challenge negative self-talk:


1. Thought Replacement: Identify the negative thought that is bothering you and consciously replace it with a more positive or rational thought. For example, if you catch yourself thinking, "I'm such a failure," replace it with a more realistic thought like, "I may have made a mistake, but that doesn't define my worth as a person."


2. Evidence Evaluation: Examine the evidence supporting your negative self-talk. Often, negative thoughts are based on distorted thinking patterns or biases. Ask yourself if there is any concrete evidence that supports your negative belief. If not, remind yourself of the lack of evidence and challenge the validity of the thought.


3. Perspective Shift: Take a step back and try to view the situation from a different perspective. Imagine how a trusted friend or loved one might see the situation and what they would say to you. This can help you gain a more balanced and objective viewpoint, challenging your negative self-talk.


Remember, challenging negative self-talk takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself and try to cultivate self-compassion along the way!

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