\ ˌself-ˈtȯk How to pronounce self-talk (audio) \

Definition of self-talk

: talk or thoughts directed at oneself As we push through the pain during a race, it's natural to talk to ourselves. It's also natural to have an unpleasant conversation. Studies show that both negative and positive self-talk influence performance—you can guess which works best.Bicycling … let's say a student said, "I'm having trouble learning these new techniques." The first thing I would do is probe into his self-talk. He's probably thinking, "I shouldn't be having so much trouble."— Thomas J. Nardi, Ph.D. Neil Fiore, a motivational speaker… says the road to timely tax filing can be reached with a little positive self-talk.— Kris Frieswick

First Known Use of self-talk

1737, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-talk.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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