A study, published in Scientific Reports by researchers from Michigan State & the University of Michigan, suggests that addressing yourself out loud is an effective way of managing emotions. The catch here is you have to talk about yourself in the third person.
“Essentially, we think referring to yourself in the third person leads people to think about themselves more similar to how they think about others, and you can see evidence for this in the brain,” explains MSU associate professor of psychology Jason Moser. “That helps people gain a tiny bit of psychological distance from their experiences, which can often be useful for regulating emotions.”
The research shows that, by distancing your thoughts from the typical first-person mindset, we’re able to better analyze our own emotional reactions without bias.
- Do you talk to yourself?
- What topics do you discuss with yourself?
- How do you feel about people referring to themselves in the third person?