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Dr. Ethan Kross

Turn Your Inner Dialogue Into Productivity and Confidence

What does your self-talk sound like?

Throughout your day, you’re most likely going to talk to another human being at some point — either in person, through your phone, or by instant messaging. Conversation and dialogue are part of our everyday lives.

But have you ever considered that you probably talk to yourself more than you’ve talked to other people in your entire life?

Our brains are constantly firing off thoughts as we go throughout our day, and many of those thoughts comprise what we call “self-talk.” For example, let’s say that you missed a deadline at work, and you think to yourself, “Ugh, I’m the worst. I can’t believe I missed that deadline.” At that moment, you’re giving a value-judgment of yourself via your thoughts.

On the other hand, let’s say you turned in the assignment on time and your boss loved your work. You think to yourself, “Wow! I’m really proud of myself. I’m capable of great things!” That’s an example of positive self-talk.

So how does self-talk affect us? Are we fully in control of our thoughts or does the chatter in our heads lead the show? Do our thoughts define us?

These are just a few of the questions we unpack in this insightful episode with Dr. Ethan Kross — one of the world’s leading experts on the human mind.

“Negative emotions aren’t something that we should be trying to avoid.” @ethan_kross  

Dr. Ethan Kross is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. An award-winning professor and bestselling author in the University of Michigan’s top-ranked Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business, he studies how the conversations people have with themselves impact their health, performance, decisions, and relationships.

Dr. Ethan was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. After earning his Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University, Ethan completed a post-doctoral fellowship in social-affective neuroscience to learn about the neural systems that support self-control. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2008, where he founded the Emotion & Self Control Laboratory.

Dr. Ethan’s research has been published in Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other peer-reviewed journals. He has participated in policy discussions at the White House and has been interviewed on CBS Evening NewsGood Morning AmericaAnderson Cooper Full Circle, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His pioneering research has been featured in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, USA TodayThe Economist, The Atlantic, Forbes, and Time.

Dr. Ethan is the author of the national bestseller CHATTER: The Voice in Our Head, Why it Matters and How to Harness It, which was chosen as one of the best new books of the year by the Washington Post, CNN, and USA Today and the Winning Winter 2021 selection for Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain and Dan Pink’s Next Big Idea Book Club.

I learned so much from Dr. Ethan about the power of the mind and how we can begin to harness it to become more confident and productive. If you’re ready to start using your brain to its full potential, you don’t want to miss this conversation!

Join me on Episode 1,118 to learn how to turn your inner dialogue into productivity and confidence with expert Dr. Ethan Kross!

“Hope is a powerful way of alleviating chatter.” @ethan_kross  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • Is it possible to control the conscious mind?
  • Do our thoughts define us?
  • Where does identity come into play with our thoughts?
  • How does someone deal with rejection?
  • What is the science behind positive affirmations saying currently?
  • What are three to five things that we could do on a daily basis to help prevent our minds from taking over?
  • Should we be thinking about the past? Or should we be thinking about the future? Or should we just be more present in our minds?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What thoughts you can control and engage with when they enter your mind.
  • What thoughts you have that you should allow to define you. 
  • How to distance self talk.
  • What mental time travel is.
  • How to coach yourself through tough chatter moments.
  • Plus much more…
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