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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (Jan. 15 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671708821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671708825
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shad Helmstetter, PhD, ( is the bestselling author of What To Say When You Talk to Your Self, Who Are You Really and What Do You Want, and ten other life-changing books. His books are published in many languages in more than sixty-four countries worldwide. Dr. Helmstetter is one of the most respected behavioral researchers of our time and has appeared on more than 1,200 radio and television programs, including repeat appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN News.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vivien Dostine on Aug. 31 2003
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I did actually read this book from cover to cover despite some reservations in the first couple of chapters. The basic premise of the book is that you can change your life\attitude by simply talking\writing\thinking positive thoughts on a regular basis. I'm sure that this is true and it is certainly a useful tool to use.
The writing style is a little repetitious - mind you so is self-talk ;)
My reservations, as with all 'motivational' ideas is that it is so close to indoctrination that it makes me somewhat uncomfortable. i.e. If I hate my job, the idea is that I think\say to myself "I Love my job and do it well" several times per day and all will be well.... so what if I hate my job?? should I not hate my job? could I not use this feeling to change my job, instead of brainwashing myself that I love my job...
As I say, very useful but I don't know that I can deal with the idea that this is something for all problems and\or all people - how boring would life be if we were all positive, happy little robots ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Moskowitz on March 18 2004
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There are lots of books that cover the topic of self-talk. Motivational speakers talk about positive affirmations -- including the classic "Think and Grow Rich." Helmstetter's book is the first one that I've seen that covers the process, including how to create the scripts. Yes, scripts!
In other words, before you start talking to your self, THINK about what it is that you want to accomplish, examine the details and then write the script. If that concept is a bit scary, there are excellent examples in the text.
Well worth reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dominodancing on March 7 2004
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I purchased this book about a year ago. Upon receiving it, I quickly read its contents and set about implimenting its recommendations and suggestions. In the manner prescribed, I recorded my very own self talk tape to help improve my confidence. I diligently listened to said tape past the recommended 30 day period of grace. I attempted this during not one, but two discrete monthly stretches. It worked neither time. I was still very much my old self.
But then I reread the book, combing every inch for details that, in my haste, I might have overlooked the first two times around. I noticed that many of the affirmations I had initially written out prior to recording retained much of the negative tone present in my routine self talk. That is, I would make liberal use of words like "always" and "never" that put a very taxing burden on my psyche to change or else... It was almost as though I were threatening myself.
All this to say that once I got rid of the foregoing and wrote my affirmations in the most positive and/or neutral language I could muster did I begin to see improvements. It has been a little over two weeks since that second watershed reading, and I'm happy to report that it's working! The self talk is actually working! For a person like me that has already gone the psychiatric/pharmocological route and to no avail, it's good to know that there is something else out there that does help. This book, although imperfect in its execution and contradictory in spots, was my introduction to that something. For that I am most grateful. A book worthy of your shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 11 2001
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The previous review does nothing but pick apart things the author says in the book. He says nothing about acutally TRYING the techniques in the book, which I'm sure he didn't because I seriously doubt he would be so negative if he had. Picking apart the book, word for word, is not really helpful to anyone. Trying what the book suggests and telling us whether it worked for you or not would be helpful. Thusfar, I do not know anyone who tried the techniques who has not been helped by this book. Also, I do believe that self-hypnosis can be equally as effective but it does take time which some very busy people don't have to spare. Making a self-talk tape and playing it while doing other things takes no extra time out of your day.
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By A Customer on April 2 2004
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I have read hundreds of self-help books, but "what to say when you talk to yourself" is the best book I have read so far. Without any doubt.
In this book Dr. Helmstetter shows you how to change your way of thinking by giving your brain positive affirmations.
The basic principle behind the book is that you "are what you think". Due to that fact, you can quit smoking, loose weight, increase confidence or kill worries, by just give you the right self-talk. It`s a kind of self-hypnosis.
If you, for instance, suffer from insomia, you should say to yourself: "I sleep good every night, and I wake up full of energy". By saying a such sentence over and over, you will after while change your way of thinking and thus sleep better.
Of course, the circumstances around us will always affects us. But, by giving ourself the right self-talk, you can handle any situation in a better way. The book is all about being better.
The book is very easy to read, and the techniques that are described are highly effective and easy to apply.
This is, perhaps, the only self-help book that you need.
All in all, just buy the book, use the techniques and see the results. You will be amazed.
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By Larry Hehn on Jan. 29 2004
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Have you ever read an inspiring 'self-help' book or heard a tremendous motivational speaker that made you want to make significant positive changes in your life? When you tried to implement those changes, did you notice that they were temporary at best, and that you eventually fell back into the same self-defeating patterns that held you prisoner in the first place?
Helmstetter rightly points out that the majority of information that our subconscious mind receives, from both external and internal sources, is negative. At any given time within our subconscious, as many as three negative thoughts are duking it out with one positive. Not knowing right from wrong, our subconscious chooses to believe the most dominant thought pattern. Unless we feed more positive messages to our subconscious, we become a prisoner to negative thought patterns.
What to Say reveals a simple way to overcome the onslaught of negative thought by literally feeding positive thoughts into our subconscious through Self-Talk. More than just affirmation statements, Helmstetter shows how to get specific and attack problems at their source.
This book will serve you well on its own, and will be even more effective as a catalyst to help you apply success principles from other books and speakers. This simple concept of Self-Talk will allow you to take success principles that are common knowledge, and convert them to common practice.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
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