Chatter by Ethan Kross [7/10]

Chatter: The Voice in Our Head and How to Harness It” spoke to me from its opening words. Our frenetic inner self-talk, so necessary to our brilliant human consciousness, can readily spiral into debilitating anxiety and madness, and, as someone who generally regards himself as supremely logical, I find myself periodically hijacked—by myself! Neuroscientist and psychologist Ethan Kross, an expert on the theory and treatment of retrograde self-talk, addresses the subject in a fascinating book that assembles, over seven discrete chapters, lessons and tips and tools for all of us. The case studies beguile . Kross writes engagingly with admirable cogency. If at the end I felt that the menu of chatter-wrangling tools is easier read than employed, that just illustrates the immensity of the task facing us. Chatter is welcome and a ready read.

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