Self Talk is something that if a person does not learn to manage can make your life hell. But if you learn how to transform it quite often your worst critic can become your greatest ally. I can't tell you how many times I was being haunted by self talk and how bad it made certain areas of my life. Had known how to transform my self talk, man my life could have been so much easier.
Just today I was surfing Amazon and I saw Transforming Negative Self Talk by Steve Andreas. I can't tell you how highly I recommend this book. Incredibly useful book with many many different exercises that are incredibly useful in transforming self talk!!
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This is THE best book on transforming Self Talk that I have ever come across. I have gone to thousands and thousands of dollars worth of trainings and never once have I received as many useful exercises for transforming negative self talk as this book offers!
As our understanding of the nervous system expanding we are really beginning to understand how devastating the effects of stress can be on one's body.
Our systems evolved in order to allow us to respond to immediate danger but with the further development of our brains we have acquired the ability to fire our Stress-Response (Flight of Flight) just by thinking about things that might happen to us in the future.
This is a very good of a documentary by National Geographic on Stress.
If you get a chance you should read any books that you can get your hands on by Robert Sapolsky.
The book that I am currently reading, "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers".