Developing Your Personal
You can counter that negative self-talk using counter arguments. These are things you say that help you dispute what you say to yourself. Over time, you can slowly change your negative self-talk.
Here are some positive statements that counter some of the negative thoughts you might experience.
|Negative Self-Talk||Positive Counter Arguments|
|The trauma happened because of something |
|I am a good person and did not deserve |
|You cannot trust yourself to do the right thing.||I know what is right and can make the right things happen.|
|You are a weak person.||I am a strong person.|
|You are an angry person who could get out of control.||I may feel anger, but remain in control.|
|You cannot deal with even the slightest upsets.||I am strong and handle difficult experiences every day.|
|You are always going to be miserable.||I feel better today and will continue to feel better, over time.|
|People cannot be trusted.||Some people can be trusted.|
|You have to be on guard all the time.||I can relax with people who love me.|
|You feel dead inside.||I will feel better soon.|
|You can never know who will harm you.||There are good people in the world who will never harm me.|
|You have to be careful because you never know what will happen?||I live every day and am present each day.|
|You are inadequate.||I am special and there are people that love me.|
Written By: Teens participating in the Summer Wellness Programs
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: October 2013
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