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What to Say When You Talk to Your Self [Mass Market Paperback]

Shad Helmstetter
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Jan. 15 1990
From acclaimed psychologist Dr. Shad Helmstetter comes a life‑changing guide to helping you help yourself through motivational self‑talk and positive thinking.

Imagine relying on yourself to optimize your outlook, focus your plans, and keep you on top, in touch, and going for it! You can do it, by adopting the simple techniques of self‑talk, and understanding the power of key phrases like these:

I choose my thoughts. No thought, at any time, can dwell in my mind without my permission.
I have talents, skills and abilities—and I’m discovering new talents all the time.
I take time to listen and communicate. I’m patient and understanding. It’s worth working at, and I do.
I focus my attention on the things I can control. If l can’t affect it or direct it—I accept it.
I know that what I believe about myself is what l will become—so I believe in the best for myself.

Acclaimed psychologist Dr. Shad Helmstetter shows you how to make positive self‑talk a permanent habit. Give yourself the kind, loving, determined support you would give to your best friend. Harness the power of the ultimate motivator—you!

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Shad Helmstetter, PhD, (ShadHelmstetter.com) 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally: Details 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful April 18 2014
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I have read several similar books on negative self talk, I considered this one to be the most helpful and practical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book July 21 2013
By Daniel
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It s a great book i would recommend this book for anybody who want to change their life for the better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHANGE YOUR LIFE March 28 2003
By A Customer
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I havent read this book, but i have read Life Choices by the same author. Once i started reading Life Choices i couldnt put it down, i wish i had read this book when i was 15 years old, but haveing read it now, i now have the opportunity to take charge of my life, by making the right choices. Making small choices each day to achieve my goals. Its never too late to change your life, I recommend this book, because im sure its great as i have read Mr Helmstetter's other books. CHANGE YOUR LIFE NOW, ITS NEVER TOO LATE, SAY I CAN INSTEAD OF I CANT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOTIVATIONALLY FRESH "Self-Talk" Mind Pumps! Dec 5 2010
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"It's one of those books which makes you wonder if any other motivational book will ever be necessary. This book is a CLASSIC which I feel I will refer to regularly...Especially the PERFECTLY BRILLIANT, positive self-talk mantras suggested in the later pages! BUY IT NOW...You won't regret it!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time for Revalation! April 17 2010
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This is a book that everyone should read - and as early in years as possible.
Statistics show that we have hundreds of NEGATIVE thoughts before the lunch hour - daily!
It is absolutely imperative to talk positively to our brain - we we think about we bring about!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and a must read Feb. 7 2010
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This book is very informative and insightful. It really explains how the brain programs and processes outside information. Take the time to read this book because it will help you understand and unlock deep seated programming that effects your everyday life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much new if you've read a lot about self-help
This book was a disappointment. What the author means by talking to yourself, it is essentially "affirmations", sentences you use when you interact with yourself. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2011 by Samuel Moisan-Domm
1.0 out of 5 stars 90 percent is just redundant
This book is well over 200 pages long, but could have been written in under 20 pages without any loss of meaningful content. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2010 by Dario
5.0 out of 5 stars what to say when you talk to yourself
I had met Mr. Helmstetter about 25 years ago when he was in Los Angeles, lecturing and promoting this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2009 by H. Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass this one up.
I have read man self help books, but few have hit the nail on the head as this one. It's about how your negative messages control what happens not only in your head but in your... Read more
Published on July 15 2009 by Hayden Kirkland
5.0 out of 5 stars Did I Say That?
We are sometimes our own worst enemy because we limit ourselves with our own thoughts. This book teaches you how to think better of yourself and by doing that you achieve more... Read more
Published on June 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book self- help book ever!
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. Read more
Published on April 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Self Talk that I have ever seen
This is the best book on how to effectively use affirmations to improve your self-image and self-esteem. Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Zev Saftlas
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