Need Motivation? Here's How To Talk To Yourself, According To Science

July 15, 2014 1:07 PM

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That's a better way to motivate yourself than saying "I can do it," according to a new study that shows that giving yourself advice and encouragement in second-person before an upcoming task may actually boost your performance more than first-person self-talk. Seriously.

"People are used to receiving and giving advice in the second-person, and they seem to prefer using the second-person pronoun to psych themselves up before engaging in action," study coauthor Dr. Sanda Dolcos, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told The Huffington Post i...

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