Self-talk: The spells of Psycho-chaotic Sorcery

Patrick Jemmer

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This article presents evidence which shows that the content of self-talk is influenced by an individual's internal locus of control regardless of the demands of the external situation, and that the prevalent outcomes all tend to be negative and thus lead to self-concepts which are restricting, disabling and unempowering. Thus the impact of self-talk is such that if it occurs at pivotal moments it can be life changing. We realise that healthcare professionals are beginning to take seriously mind-body interrelationships in their treatment of patients, and that 'emotional freedom' can be a reality. We then go on to address the negative results of inner chatter, and to describe simple yet powerful linguistic-therapeutic tools for countering negative effects by supplying a means of 'meta-cognition.' This leads to a discussion of the 'Therapon' or gestalt of therapeutic techniques arising from the positive (un)conscious utilisation of 'intrapersonal communication,' imaging, and visualisation. By use of these techniques, patients can gain insightful self-knowledge, both abstract and conceptual. This allows them to label self-aspects verbally, and to name self-dimensions relating to attitudes, beliefs, goals, emotions, sensations, and values, for example, thus making them more accessible, easily addressed, and amenable to change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-58
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


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