Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk programs the mind for failure and becomes self-fulfilling.

Confront negative self-talk with children whose language is laced with self-doubt, criticism, cynicism.

Ideas on confronting negative self-talk:

          Make a list of the child’s negative statements.
          Discuss impact of negative self-talk on the child’s sub-conscious and class atmosphere.
Refute negativism with positive examples, not with logic: “Remember when you thought you couldn’t…and now you do that every day.”
         
Examples of negative words:
“I can’t”, “I won’t,” “I hate,” “You make me,” “I’ll never,” and “I’m no good.”
 
Key phrase: “Your words defeat…”