Our Inner Dialogue


The way we talk to ourselves – our inner dialogue – is not just a passive reflection of our self-image.  The things we say to ourselves, and the stories we tell ourselves not only mirror our existing beliefs and self-perceptions, but also actively construct and reinforce them. This process occurs in such a seemingly natural way, we’re largely unaware of the great influence this has upon us. 

This inner voice can easily become unkind, critical, and unhelpful. We might judge ourselves harshly, replay past mistakes and anticipate future failures. This self-talk not only affects our self-esteem but also impacts our overall mental health and well-being. 

The first step in changing the unhelpful narratives is to recognise that they  may not always accurately reflect reality.  Awareness of our automatic thoughts brings some distance between our Self and those thoughts, bringing mindfulness to these patterns. This allows us to view our thoughts with greater objectivity.

We might sometimes notice ourselves being more kind and compassionate in our conversations with others compared to how we talk to ourselves. Mindfulness encourages us to extend the same kindness and understanding to ourselves, even if or when this conflicts with other feelings or beliefs.

By being mindful of our internal dialogue and making an effort to speak to ourselves with the same care and empathy we easily give to others, we can nurture a more positive self-concept and a more emotionally balanced life. 

Ultimately, how we talk to ourselves profoundly shapes our perception of the world and our place within it, making it a vital aspect of our well-being.

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