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Self-talk is a common potential internal distracter – although it can also be a way to deal with distractions. Anytime you think about something, you are talking to yourself. Self-talk has many potential uses, including breaking bad habits, sustaining effort or acquering skill. Self-talk plays a key role in reactions to situations, and these reactions affect future actions and feelings. Self-talk can take many forms, but is generally categorized in 3 types: positive (motivation), instructional and negative.
Positive self-talk focuses on increasing energy, effort and positive attitude but does not carry any task-related clue (e.g., ‘I can do it’).
Instructional self-talk usually helps individual focus on the technical aspects of performance in order to improve execution (e.g., ‘Bend your knees”).
Negative self-talk is critical and gets in the way of a person’s reaching goals; it is counterproductive and produces anxiety. Saying things like “That was a stupid shot”, “You stink”, or “How can you play so bad?” does not enhance performance or create positive emotions. Rather, it creates anxiety and fosters self-doubt. The performers who think positively about these negative events are usually the most successful.
In addition, instructions such as “Whatever you do, don’t double-fault now,” will typically produce the unwanted behavior. Therefore we should focus on what to do as opposed to what not to do.
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