Talking to yourself can help control emotions, reduce stress

A new study says that talking to yourself in third person may help you control emotions during stressful times, without doing extra thought and work.

Silent third-person self-talk means expressing one’s feelings in the third person and it is different from the first-person self-talk, which is mostly used by people to talk to themselves.

For example, if a person John is upset due to his personal problems, his emotional reactions are less if he talks to himself as ‘why John is upset?’ instead of ‘why am I upset?’.

The study showed that having a silent conversation in the third person can help to reduce negative self-talk and overcome challenging situations easily.

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