Our thoughts affect our feelings. Our feelings affect our actions. Our consistent actions affect our future. Nonetheless, most of the time, the majority of us are unaware of exactly what we our inner voice is telling us, at any given moment. And, most of our self-talk is NOT 100% true. Understanding the nature of our self-talk is an invaluable first step toward real, empowered change.
I highly recommend Dr. Harriet Braiker’s 1989 “Power of Self-Talk” article, which appeared in Psychology Today magazine. I actually share it with each of my new patients. It is a concise overview of an aspect of a commonly used approach in counseling, namely "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy." The early beginnings of CBT was independently developed by renowned American psychologist, Dr. Albert Ellis and psychiatrist Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was also popularized by Dr. David Burns' 1980 book, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.
Dr. Braiker's article is hosted as a .doc file by UCLA here: http://www.college.ucla.edu/ucadvconf/powerpoint/Cog-Restr-talk.doc