392: Chatter: The Science Behind Negative Self-Talk & How to Harness It with Ethan Kross

Oct 25, 2021 | Interviews, Podcast

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Award-winning psychologist, author, and fellow Brooklynite, Ethan Kross, is a world-renowned expert on conscious mind management. His fascination with introspection began at The University of Pennsylvania and has evolved into a full-time mission to reveal the potent power of our inner voice. 

Ethan’s work is anchored by what he defines as “chatter,” AKA that negative inner voice that says that you’re not worthy or capable of doing X, Y, or Z. He’s here to tell you that you don’t have to give in to negative self-talk, and show you the neurological roadmap to rewire the internal dialogue you’re having with yourself. 

In This Conversation We Cover: 

  • [11:03] Why introspection is a double-edged sword 
  • [18:35] Finding a balance between nature and nurture 
  • [22:33] What is “chatter,” and how does it impact our lives
  • [34:36] The cost of anxiety and depression for the economy 
  • [29:10] How culture affects chatter 
  • [34:07] The power of touch and placebo 
  • [39:48] Why venting isn’t the best thing for your health
  • [41:55] The truth about processing childhood trauma 



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