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Characteristics of an effective internal dialogue in the acquisition of self-information

By Alain Morin

Abstract

This article raises the question of how self-talk mediates self-awareness. It is argued that the process of acquiring self-information can be seen as a problem-solving task, and that self-talk can facilitate this process (as it does for any other problem) by promoting a precise formulation and approach to the problem, by adequately focusing attention on the task, and through constant self-evaluations. A complementary analysis of the possible characteristics of an effective internal dialogue in the acquisition of self-information is undertaken. Among other things, taking others' perspective through self-talk, possessing a rich vocabulary about oneself, and paying attention to the content of one's self-talk are believed to be important in that respect. Clinical implications raised by this analysis are also discussed

Topics: Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Year: 1995
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:2485
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