Talking to yourself is one simple way to get better at a new skill
If you want to get better at doing something, simply telling yourself “I can do better next time” may help, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who practiced such so-called “selftalk” for example, those who told themselves, “I can beat my best score,” or “I can react quicker this time” improved their performance in an online game more than those who did not. The new results show that preparing yourself mentally before a challenging task, such as giving a speech or going to a job interview, by telling yourself “I will do my best” may be an effective way to help improve performance, said study author Andrew Lane, a professor of sport psychology at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. The researchers then asked the participants to play an online game that involved finding numbers on a grid and clicking on them in sequence, from 1 to 36, as quickly as possible.
Talking to yourself is a therapeutic way to do something better.