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The Self-Talk Workout

Six Science-Backed Strategies to Dissolve Self-Criticism and Transform the Voice in Your Head

The Self-Talk Workout

Category: Self-Growth

Self-talk matters, but what methods of building healthy self-talk actually work? 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 that you’re not alone—millions of people struggle with the toll that excessive self-criticism takes on their minds, energy levels, jobs, and relationships. After over twenty years of working with individuals and groups on self-criticism and related challenges, psychologist and mindfulness teacher Dr. Rachel Goldsmith Turow offers the “self-talk workout”—six evidence-based techniques to go from being your own worst critic to your own best friend.

Dr. Rachel Goldsmith Turow is a psychotherapist in private practice, a research scientist, and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has trained hundreds of individuals to use mindfulness, self-compassion, and cognitive behavioral skills to transform their self-criticism into self-encouragement and to cultivate resilience.

She is the author of Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD: Practices for Recovery and Resilience as well as over thirty articles and book chapters, and she is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. Her website is

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