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  • The Self-Talk Workout

  • Six Science-Backed Strategies to Dissolve Self-Criticism and Transform the Voice in Your Head
  • Written by: Rachel Goldsmith Turow PhD
  • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins

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Written by: Rachel Goldsmith Turow PhD
Narrated by: Suzie Althens
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Publisher's Summary

Self-talk matters, but what methods of building healthy self-talk actually work? This how-to guide shares evidence-based techniques to go from being your own worst critic to your own best friend.

Perhaps you want to be nicer to yourself but don’t really know how to get there. Or maybe you’re someone who assumes self-criticism is a permanent part of your personality. Rest assured you’re not alone. Millions of people struggle with the toll that excessive self-criticism takes on their minds, energy levels, jobs, and relationships. And problems with self-talk vary dramatically from one person to the next: they can appear as mild but persistent inner criticism, full-blown self-loathing, or the pain of internalized oppression or abuse. 

After over twenty years of working with individuals, groups, and classes on self-criticism and related challenges, psychologist and mindfulness teacher Dr. Rachel Goldsmith Turow offers the “self-talk workout”—six doable exercises that can help you replace self-criticism with self-kindness and self-encouragement.

Specific self-talk strategies such as “Spot the success,” “Fail forward,” and “Allowing all feelings, skillfully,” require just a few minutes a day. These skills can be practiced individually to transform your self-talk, or you can choose to combine two or more exercises to enhance your self-talk workout. Each chapter features a core exercise, variations on the strategy that might feel right for you, scientific studies supporting each approach, and success stories to inspire your own practice.

Turow includes examples from her own life and experiences as a psychotherapist, as well as lessons from her students and respected public figures such as Michelle Obama and Thich Nhat Hanh, to show that the burden of harsh self-criticism need not go on forever: the way that we relate to ourselves can be changed.

©2022 Rachel Turow (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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  • 28-10-22

A Book To Help You Practice Kindness Towards Your Self & Others

I discovered this book actually through Audible and I immediately loved the book title. As the book title suggests I discovered lots of practices (work-outs) when it comes to turning my self-criticism into self-kindness.

I loved how the Author shared research also to back certain practices; and I found the research, stories, and even her own personal story and practices of interest.

It’s definitely a book to learn how to become aware of your self talk, especially self-criticism but than it goes beyond explaining what you can do when you noticed it.

I feel that it’s a how-to book, and also very important for our mental health and well-being and I loved how the author went to all the effort of bringing all the research and various practices into one book.

Full Disclaimer: I paid for this audio book myself and as part of my own research as a Mental Health Self-Help Book, Podcast Host of Feel Good From Within with Yvette Le Blowitz #spaitgirl podcast I decided after learning so much I personally wanted to share this book and the authors psychotherapist and research work and book to help others. If you want to learn more about this book to listen subscribe to my podcast show.