Posted by: melissajneal | December 6, 2011

Self-Talk (START HERE)

TALKING TO YOURSELF (no you are not crazy…)

I can’t do it. I’m not smart. I’m too tired. I hate writing. This class is hard.


We’ve all been there. Negative thoughts running rampant, detonating tiny bombs of self-doubt, destructing what’s left or your motivation and self-efficacy, collapsing your ability to problem solve and take on tasks.

Self-talk is the internal dialogue with the self.

Self-talk can be both negative and positive in nature, and can be modified through emotional regulation.

Identify and modify self-talk…..

CHALLENGE negative thoughts and feelings and alter how you respond, feel and behave when faced with self-doubt or challenging situations in a more positive manner.

Introduction to SELF-TALK in SRL

 Self-Talk as an Emotional Regulation Strategy in SRL


Self-Efficacy & Motivation

Task Understanding & Goal Attainment

What kinds of challenges or goals is this strategy useful?

  • complex tasks
  • problem solving
  • low self-efficacy
  • test-taking (anxiety)
  • task-understanding
  • preparation for goal attainment
  • monitoring progress

Negative Self-Talk: How to Get Out of the Cycle. 


Take a moment to evaluate how positive your thoughts are, by completing this quick self-assessment.
By completing this 15 question assessment you can get a quick glimpse at how negative or positive your self-talk maybe. Becoming aware of the way you think and talk to yourself is an important step in engaging in self-talk to promote self-regulation.
Click the link to assess how positive your thoughts are!


Brinthaupt, T. M., Hein, M. B., & Kramer, T. E. (2009). The self-talk scale: Development, factor analysis, and validation. Journal of Personality Assessment, 91(1), 82-92. doi:10.1080/00223890802484498

Depape, A. R., Hakim-Larson, J., Voelker, S., Page, S., & Jackson, D. L. (2006). Self-talk and emotional intelligence in university students. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue Canadienne Des Sciences Du Comportement, 38(3), 250-260. doi:10.1037/cjbs2006012

Duncan, R. M., & Cheyne, J. A. (1999). Incidence and functions of self-reported private speech in young adults: A self-verbalization questionnaire. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue Canadienne Des Sciences Du Comportement, 31(2), 133-136. doi:10.1037/h0087081

Guerin, E., Arcand, I., & Durand-Bush, N. (2010). A view from the inside: An in-depth look at a female university student’s experience with a feel-based intervention to enhance self-confidence and self-talk. Qualitative Report, 15(5), 1058-1079.

Koole, S. L. (2009). The psychology of emotion regulation: An integrative review. Cognition & Emotion, 23(1), 4-41. doi:10.1080/02699930802619031

Schutz, P. A., & Davis, H. A. (2000). Emotions and self-regulation during test taking. Educational Psychologist, 35(4), 243-256.

Zimmerman, B. J., (1989). A social cognitive view of self-regulated academic learning. Journal of Educational Psychology, 81, 329-339.


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