While it might seem strange on the surface, talking to yourself isn’t that unusual. In fact, most of us have a voice in our head, which can act as both a confidence booster and a mood-killer, depending on the situation. But how do we harness that little voice and make it work to our advantage instead of against us?
Author and professor Ethan Kross explores the idea of self-talk in his new book “Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It.” In it, Kross looks at how “chatter” impacts our life, job and relationships, the ways that giving in to certain kinds of chatter can be detrimental to our health.
Today on AirTalk, Ethan Kross joins Larry Mantle to talk about where the little voice in our head comes from, what we can learn about ourselves from it and how to harness the good chatter and suppress the bad.
Ethan Kross, author of “Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It” (Crown Publishing, January 2021) and professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and Ross School of Business; he tweets @ethan_kross