The Importance Of Internal Dialogue In Leading A Happy And Successful Life
There are always funny jokes in skits, movies, television shows, etc., about talking to yourself in public or talking to yourself in general. We laugh at the idea of having conversations with ourselves and often times if we see people doing it we think they’re crazy. The truth of the matter is that the majority of people talk to themselves. We have conversations about our life, arguments about decisions we want to make, laugh at things we do, internally, to ourselves, all the time. This internal conversation that we share with ourselves is also known as our internal dialogue.
Internal Dialogue Definition
Internal dialogue refers to a person’s inner voice that occurs while a person is awake. The conversation usually reflects both a person’s unconscious and conscious beliefs and thoughts. An internal dialogue can be directed by you and can be an important aspects of developing and acknowledging who you are.
Why is Your Internal Dialogue Important?
So why is even having an internal dialogue important? Well, since your internal dialogue occurs within yourself, confronting both unconscious and conscious thoughts, it allows you to be real with yourself. Your internal dialogue provides you with logic and reasoning to apply to situations. It helps you make decisions about things you could possibly be having a hard time deciding on. It helps you weigh various opinions you have about things or decide if there’s something you need to change. Your internal dialogue can also be reflections of yourself, your relationships, your purpose in life, etc. You can also control what is said in your internal dialogue. While some thoughts that arise are unconscious, most of them are what you choose to say to yourself. You have the ability to speak words of love and power to yourself. Within your internal dialogue there should be positive affirmations. When you look into the mirror what is your internal dialogue? Do you say things like:
How Does Internal Dialogue Impact Your Happiness & Success
Your internal dialogue is continuous and does not shut off. Your internal dialogue is apart of you and shapes how you think, how you act, how you see the world. While your internal dialogue is always running you can chose to ignore it. You can distract yourself from it or shut it out. Or you can choose to listen. You can choose to pay attention and converse with the beliefs and ideas and decisions that you internally have to live your life to the fullest. By being in touch with yourself, you are capable of being confident in how you choose to live your life. You will doubt yourself less and high five yourself more. Your internal dialogue is important. It gives you self-love, self-understanding, and self-esteem. These are all aspects that add to overall happiness. When you are able to know yourself to the fullest extent (which can occur through engaging with your internal dialogue), you will lead more of a happy and successful life.
Written by Dr. Grand McDonald, PsyD.