Now, imagine the triumphant look on our faces (masking our relief) as we found societal proof that talking to ourselves doesn’t necessarily make us weird, but it can make us productive.
A review of studies and surveys on Perspectives Of Psychological Science has deduced that self-talk works when you focus on achieving and enacting a goal.
This effective mode of self-talk is called “instructional self-talk”, a sort of commentary or narration we practice when faced with a difficult task, particularly ones that are new to us. For instance, remember the first time you were left alone to work the gigantic Xerox machine after the rushed demonstration by HR?
Another research published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology even suggests that talking to yourself can help you locate something you lost. This fares perfectly for the tedious yet mood-impacting obstacle of locating the elusive receipt or parking ticket.
Self-talk isn’t just the motivational pep talks you give yourself in the mirror, although this can help to boost your confidence. By instructing yourself aloud, your attention is enhanced and you can focus without getting distracted, therefore helping you to steady yourself and carry out your task as calmly as you can.
After all, we all converse with ourselves in the privacy of minds. But that, among the layers of complex projections occupying our thoughts, could get lost in translation, so why not think aloud to listen to ourselves, literally?
How do you use self-talk to help complete your tasks? If not, would you consider self-talk to help yourself next time?