Stopping Negative Self Talk, Fat Talk

By Marsha Hudnall on 10/19/2010
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In keeping with Fat Talk Free Week, I thought I would post links today to a few articles we've written over the years about how to change negative self talk.  Which, of course, is what fat talk is.

This first one was written ages ago, a result of reading about it in a newsletter from Karin Kratina, who has served as a clinical advisor to Green Mountain.  It's basic title is "I Feel Fat."  Karin talks about how fat is not a feeling.  She points out that difficult and uncomfortable feelings are often felt as as "fat feelings."

The next is about thinking errors, such as all-or-nothing thinking, "should" statements, mind reading and fortune telling.  Common among weight-struggling women, these errors have powerful effects because our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are integrally linked.  "If our thinking is awry, so goes our emotions, and our behaviors reflect how we're feeling."

Finally, our most recent article on the subject provides a proven technique for ending negative thoughts about ourselves.  It's called the thought-stopping technique, and it can stop critical self-talk in its tracks.

I'll end this post with a look at the attitudes of mindfulness, ways of opening our minds to consider what is.  The intro is written for those looking to lose weight or achieve other health objectives but living mindfully has many more benefits than that.  Mindfulness is an umbrella under which we encourage everyone to live, to help us live the lives we want.

What are your tips for changing negative self-talk?

This post doesn't include the many, many blog posts we've written on this subject.  A few are listed below under Posts That May Be Related.

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