Talk­ing to your­self is one sim­ple way to get bet­ter at a new skill

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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.

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