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Transforming Negative Self-Talk: Practical, Effective Exercises Paperback – July 30, 2012
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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
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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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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.
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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