The Importance And Effects Of Self-Talk

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As part of human nature, we’re all very familiar with the “little voice” inside of our heads that is constantly evaluating others, our social world, and ourselves. This little voice is not always the kindest and often, we feel the backlash of our own words. In individuals who are lonely, the frequency and effects of self-talk are amplified. Reichl, Schneider, & Spinath evaluates the way people use self-talk as a substitute for social interaction and how it effects their functioning.
The physical and psychological well-being of humans places a great importance on the maintenance of social interactions. Humans are inclined to be social; the strong yearning to belong that most people experience is a result of both evolution and socialization.
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This could be the result of how females tend to be socialized in today’s society; females are socially groomed to place greater emphasis on relationships, which could explain their greater desire to belong. This heightened desire for social connections could render them more sensitive to social isolation, making them more likely to compensate through self-talk. Males were found to have better mental health, which could be accounted for by their les frequent use of self-talk. Less self-talk could lead to less self-regulation and criticism, which would result in better mental health relative to women. Participants that reported being in a relationship were found to be less lonely, have better mental health, and utilize self-talk less; having a romantic partner could alleviate some of the social shortcomings that many people experience and in turn, alleviate the consequences of such social shortcomings. As self-talk increased, the negative relationship between loneliness and mental health grew stronger; these moderating effects were found within the subcategories of social assessment, self-criticism, and self-management. High levels of loneliness and self-talk were correlated with poorer mental health scores. No association between self-talk and physical health was found, although loneliness was a better predictor for physical health than need to belong. Need to belong and loneliness …show more content…
Being aware of the effects of self-talk can certainly apply to everyday college life. The stress of finishing assignments, completing projects, and studying for exams is enough to make anyone feel inadequate and many students often find themselves in a very self-critical mindset. Instead of nit-picking at all of my shortcomings and using less-than-nice words to tell myself that I’m not good enough, I can try to emphasize my use of self-reinforcement while avoiding social assessment, self-criticism, and self-management. By correcting myself when my self-talk is no longer helpful, I can work towards a more positive mindset when it comes to tackling stressful situations and hectic

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