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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039370789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393707892
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Transforming Negative Self-Talk: Practical Effective Exercises is a winner. I strongly recommend it! . . . [A] precise, articulate, systematic application of change principles to a particular problem . . . . I have used some of these exercises both on myself and with clients and they worked well and quickly. Negative self-talk triggers a vast array of problems, so this book has wide appeal.” (Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter)

“Any who daily struggle with self-critical voices will appreciate this unique approach . . . . [A] pick for any psychology or self-help collection.” (Midwest Book Review)

“A clear and compelling book that provides many direct and helpful strategies for actively transforming inner experience . . . a gentle but powerful vehicle to help you build the kind of internal dialogue that makes meaningful change not only possible, but highly likely. Tell yourself you need to read this book—and be clever enough to follow the recommendation!” (Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of Mindfulness and Hypnosis and Depression is Contagious)

“This book is a rare jewel. Andreas has a clear and brilliant writing style. Through a myriad of concrete examples, he guides the reader in how to effectively manage self-talk.” (Giorgio Nardone, psychotherapist and Founder/Director of the Center for Strategic Therapy)

About the Author

Steve Andreas, a private practitioner, writes and gives trainings on topics of personal change and communication. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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I have applied the methods in this book with clients and with participants in NLP workshops with positive results.
Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D.
I realize that some folks will need to try many different techniques until they find the one(s) that work best for them and this book has MANY very helpful approaches.
BassAl
This book is well laid out, easy to read and is filled with some of the most useful exercises around improving negative self talk that I have found.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deb on September 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ever notice what happens when you try to fight your negative thoughts head-on?

Chances are you find yourself in quite the power struggle where the negative thoughts get even louder and louder. In this book, Steve Andreas offers an alternative approach for turning down the internal negative chatter:

"The overall goal of this book is to teach you how to transform a troublesome voice into something much more useful and supportive, but not to eliminate it...First you will learn how to identify the inner voices that have been causing you trouble, and how to listen to them carefully. Then you will learn a variety of ways to rapidly change both the words, and how you say the words, to make your life work better. You will also learn to recognize what kinds of changes will actually improve your life, and what kinds of changes might appear to be useful but would actually cause you more trouble in the long run...They are elegant and graceful ways to change your experience that you can do consciously, despite the fact that they work in a way that is largely unconscious." (pp. 23-24, 9, 56)

Each of the eleven chapters offers specific techniques for transforming negative self-talk:

1. Changing location
Imagine moving the critical voice to different locations in your body (stomach, kneecap, heart, etc.) and locations outside your body (2 feet in front of you, 30 feet in front of you, on your right side, above you, etc.); experiment with changing the volume of the voice as well.

2. Changing tempo and tonality
Experience the effects of adjusting the tempo of a thought: typically a faster tempo is associated with urgency and a slower tempo with relaxation; also notice how changes in tonality of the thought (i.e.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mauricio de Souza Lima on August 30, 2012
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Like all Steve Andreas' books, "Transforming Negative Self-talk" is very useful. In a simple, elegant way, it goes deeply to the core of the process, making it clear and resourceful, even to NLP experts. The way Andreas leads the reader to feel what he is telling as a proof of what he is telling is quite a magic thing that turns the reading into a living experience. you don't have to be an expert to get the better of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
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Steve Andreas has written an especially helpful book on how to decrease and possibly eliminate the negative and disturbing self-talk that causes depression and panic. People sometimes resort to drinking or engaging in reckless behavior to avoid these negative voices but there is a better way. This book contains great advice on how to change your thinking and mood. Like in one section the author talks about finding the right music to lift your mood. I have personally found this to be very effective in my own life. Steve Andreas also explains how you have to talk back to your negative voices. If you are tired of having bad days filled with negativity or you want your entire life to improve greatly then I can highly recommend this book. To a better life...

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Anderson on March 4, 2013
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This book has some of the most effective ways to transform self talk that I have ever encountered. I am a hypnotherapist, and not so many self help techniques work for me, but some of these do. I've been using the techniques with my clients successfully, as well. Steve Andreas has developed and presented exercises that are remarkably sophisticated and powerful in ways that are easy to understand and apply. He offers ways to use humor to ease and eliminate negative self esteem and habits that bypass resistance completely.

NLP savvy readers will recognize many of the principles in play in both the exercises themselves, and in how the examples are presented. So, this book will be useful to professionals as well as the general public.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Lebovitz on December 22, 2012
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This book helped a lot with shutting down internal attacks which have been plaguing me for years-- it's worked much more than a lot of things I've tried. Andreas says that his methods don't work for everyone, but this book is at least worth looking at if you have a problem with negative voices.

The general approach is to observe and vary various aspects of your internal voice-- the location, volume, speed, pitch, etc, plus a chapter about playing with the punctuation, alternate meanings of words and such of a habitual negative message until it either becomes positive or turns into nonsense.

I worked through most of the exercises in the book, and felt somewhat worse and figured that it was just another thing that didn't work-- but within a day or two, I found that the internal attacks were not affecting me as much-- the voice was still there, but at a lower emotional intensity. Now (a few weeks later), the voice isn't nearly as frequent either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Pearson, Ph.D. on January 21, 2014
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As an NLP Practitioner and Trainer in private practice, I have recommended this book to numerous colleagues and clients. In Transforming Negative Self-talk, NLP expert Steve Andreas explains how to alter the elements of internal self-talk to change it's meanings and perceived influence over behavior and emotions. In NLP language, we learn from this book to modify the auditory submodalities of internal self-talk to depotentiate it and make it less compelling. I have applied the methods in this book with clients and with participants in NLP workshops with positive results. This approach has nothing to do with affirmations. The method is to change not the content but the qualities of self-talk (tempo, location, pitch, etc.) or to even change the modality (make it visual instead of auditory) to render the content irrelevant. Negative self-talk affects most of us at one time or another, resulting in unwanted states and actions. The things we say to ourselves and the way we say them matters in terms of our adaptability, resilience, self-esteem, and well-being. Negative self-talk can range from scolding to "down in the dumps" statements - anything we say to ourselves that is self-defeating. If you want to change your negative self-talk, this is the book to read. If you are a helping professional (coach or psychotherapist, for instance) read this book and teach these methods to your clients.
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