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What are affirmations?

Alice Domar
Psychology
An affirmation is a simple statement that you repeat to yourself -- you say it over and over until you believe it. When you’re thinking things like, “I’m not going to be able to do this,” or “I’m going to fail,” or “I’m going to look like a fool,” replace them with affirmations: “I’m going to do the best I can,” or “This is a learning process,” or “Nobody is judging me.” Before public speaking, some people concentrate on an affirmation such as, “I know more about this topic than anyone in the audience.”
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Dr. Kathleen Hall
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Affirmations are positive statements we tell ourselves. Our mind believes what we tell it. When you tell your brain positive information, you are feeding your brain extremely valuable food that heals your mind and body. Many of the researchers in the field of mind-body medicine use affirmations with patients. When you tell yourself something over and over again, it gets recorded in your brain; then your mind and body believe it and you become what you have been telling yourself. A positive affirmation is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
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Gina M. Biegel
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Affirmations are positive statements you can say to yourself. You can use affirmations
to talk back to negative thoughts that come to your mind. Here are some examples:
  • I am a valuable and unique person.
  • I always do the best I can.
  • I love myself.
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