- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Soulux Press (June 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992046831
- ISBN-13: 978-0992046835
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 86 customer reviews
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The Art of Talking to Yourself: Self-Awareness Meets the Inner Conversation Paperback – June 14, 2017
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"The Art of Talking to Yourself is a gem of a book filled with unexpected--often brilliant--insights. It stands out among the 'self-help' genre by urging us to look more mindfully at the authorities selling 'happiness' and realize that we need to trust ourselves more in our quest for a more fulfilling life. Vironika Tugaleva writes with the graceful authenticity of an experienced and thoughtful seeker, who became a gifted writer along the way on the bumpy road of life."
~Margaret B. Moss, writer and creator of Life's a Dance
"Vironika truly walks her talk. I'm endlessly inspired by her self-awareness, honesty, and insight, and confident her latest book is going to open minds and change lives!"
~Lori Deschene, author and founder of TinyBuddha
"The Art of Talking to Yourself shatters the myths that self-help gurus would have you believe in order to keep selling you their wares. This must-read book takes you on a deep dive to discover the only source of all the answers and healing you will ever need--You! Miss this book and you just might miss your sure-footed path to peace, happiness and fulfillment."
~Rick Beneteau, co-founder of 10 Million Clicks For Peace
"I read The Art of Talking to Yourself and felt an old, familiar hallelujah rise up inside. It's the feeling I get when someone has spoken truth that falls like summer rain and soaks deep, deep down into thirsty aquifers. She gets naked about her own process and what it means to shed layers of tired old ideas about perfection that do nothing but continue to keep people locked in cycles of unworthiness. It's not a self-help book as we usually know them, and she is not a self-help guru, but her honesty is eloquent and this book is ultimately a class in liberation."
~Jacob Nordby, author of Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives
"Vironika's The Art of Talking to Yourself is filled with honest stories from her life which made me laugh and cry. She doesn't preach about the 'right' things to do, but instead gently coaxes the reader on a journey of self-discovery, creating an essential companion to any self-help book because it will help you respect your own inner feedback above any expert's advice."
~Catherine B. Roy, author of Live From Your Heart and Mind
"With courage, strength and refreshing candor, Vironika Tugaleva guides us on a journey of awakening to a deeper awareness of self and dares to connect us on a profound universal level. Her keen insights and practical approach encourages each of us to experience and express our innate unconditional love, bringing a profound and lasting change in ourselves and our world."
~Harold W. Becker, author and founder of The Love Foundation Inc.
About the Author
Like every human being, Vironika Tugaleva is an ever-changing mystery. At the time of writing this, she was a life coach, world traveler, and award-winning author of two books (The Love Mindset and The Art of Talking to Yourself). She spent her days writing, dancing, singing, running, doing yoga, going on adventures, and having long conversations. But that was then. Who knows what she's doing now? Keep up at vironika.org.
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This is one of my longest reviews ever, because I can’t stress enough how much I hated this book.
The author hopes this books will “encourage people to be self-aware”, but how can you become self-aware when everything she discusses in this book has a contradiction to something she said less than a chapter ago. It’s like saying, ignore that inner voice that someone is watching you, you’re just paranoid and insecure. Forget that terrible gut feeling and move on with your head held high. That would be a great suggestion if it wasn’t for the fact that more often than not, our gut feeling is right. If you shake off that inner voice because that’s insecure side of you, constantly yelling, everyone is out to get you, you could miss a real danger coming your way. Maybe you are being watched and you shouldn’t be walking to your car alone when you leave work.
Name your inner voices, yet question every one of them. Even the good voices, because according to the book, you never know which voice is the true you. To feel good about the dress you’re wearing for that big speech you have to give in front of thousands of people could be the vain-inner-voice. Think into that comment for a moment.
You could lose all confidence to rock that speech without an ounce of anxiety. Oh but look out, that anxiety-inner-voice could be your fearful-inner-voice. (I have so much frustration as is just typed that part) This book could be very harmful to the health and good side of you!
She praises the person who can remain calm while someone is angry and yelling, then quickly tells you not to be so proud of yourself, because you were once that person and of course you should sympathize with the uncontrollable anger that person has. However, not everyone has been known to fly off the handle and start yelling. There are people in this world who were raised to remain calm, once the other person has all their screaming out, you can finally sit down and have a calm conversation. Yes, I realize this doesn’t exists for everyone, in every situation, but don’t takeaway someone’s pride to be a naturally calm person. I personally say, pat yourself on the back, it’s something to be proud of and it is who you are!
This book is also a warning book about consumerism. Which is really unfortunate. I don’t need to read any book to know that consumerism affects the way we perceive ourselves and the way we live.
As quoted in the intro of the book, “Consumerism relies on make-believe. We buy fad diets and get-rich-quick schemes because we mistake fantasy for truth. We suffer manipulation through blindness more than force. We don’t understand ourselves, so we believe all the stories about what we need.” Sounds like were all gullible and easily manipulated, doesn’t it.
Maybe you should start listening to that inner voices that says, I want to be a leader, not a follower. Even for those who are aware of what consumerism is and does to us, many of us don’t care. If it makes us happy, we buy it and move on with our lives. Later we may tell a friend not to waste their money on such item(s), but that’s how things go. No matter how many times we tell our self not to waste money on a pointless item, we buy it anyway. If not that item then a different item later down the road. It is how things go.
The author stress about not wasting money on things that take up unnecessary space, not only in your home but also in your mind. “Decluttering is important.”
Sure decluttering is important, but don’t expect any helpful suggestion on how to go about doing this.
Aside from the fact it seems as though the author brings up lots of points to think about, she doesn’t properly elaborate on them. Again, I know this isn’t supposed to be a self-help book, but it sure would be nice if the book flowed well enough to keep my interest and didn’t agitate me. Among many irritating things about this book, the biggest one that kept pinching my nerve is the skin crawling repetitive questions and statements in each chapter. Let me give some examples.
Example one: “Too often, our hesitation to explore ourselves comes from a lack of self-trust. More accurately, broken self-trust. Maybe you have taken responsibility in the past and failed. Maybe the philosophies and dogmas that you learned at a young age labelled you as untrustworthy. Maybe you have found yourself in relationships and workplaces that repress your authentic desire. Maybe your culture condemns the passions you have long held within you.”
Example two: “What if instead of seeking certainty in your decisions and ideas, you became certain of the ever-changing nature of reality? What if each gift, intellectual and otherwise, was entertain each idea, any idea, without making a financial decision about whether to hold on to it or let it go?
Example three: “However, if the dream persists, then maybe it has another message, Maybe it is literal. Or Maybe it’s your natural pace saying, “Don’t rush, slow down.” Or Maybe it’s your self-sabotage saying, “Don’t rush, slow down” because you’re close to a career breakthrough!”
(Note the part that looks like it’s repeating nearly the same thing, because that happens MANY times in this book!) Don’t expect any answers to those repetitive questions and statements, because you inner voice should already be answering all that for you.
Maybe this author should have made this book a biography. She talks a lot about herself and how her inner voices helped her grow to the person she is, but as stated before, there is no flow to the story. It’s almost like she has a flashback of her past and adds it to the book without real meaning or following through with completed reasoning, just simply a need to talk about herself.
This book needs to STAY OUT of the “self-discovery” section. It could do more damage to you by the end.
P.S. The title of the last chapter is, How You Can Help (The “Marketing Plan”). Which is of course the author pointing out that if you think this book is important “Leave a review on as many platforms as you can”. Such a wonderful way to end the book when it begins stating how consumerism convinces us to buy unnecessary things.
Judging by the reviews many people obviously get inspired by all her personal stories, and I like her writing style, but it just hasn't been useful at all unfortunately.