Dr James Hardy, one of the researchers, said: “It is possible that using a non-first person pronoun perspective helps performance because it allows the runner to adapt a thinking process that is more helpful for her/himself.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Educators have frequently advocated positive self-talk to help build motivation. Examples: "I can do well on this test." "I can succeed in law school." Now, a study of athletes has concluded that second person self-talk works better than first person self-talk. "You can succeed in law school."
“That is, it promotes a more distanced perspective enabling the performer to stand back and “observe” what is going on; akin to being in the balcony looking down on the dance floor rather on the dance floor itself.
This in turn promotes clearer thinking, better choices, and enhanced performance.”