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The Committee in Your Mind (Part 1)

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This is a special episode of the podcast. It’s actually the first part of a 2-part series we’re doing to dive into one of the most foundational principles of psychological strength. Specifically, the inner chatter of the committee in your mind. 

What is the committee in your mind? It’s the set of inner voices that chatter on a near-constant basis and have something to say and a judgment about every situation you find yourself in. It’s the set of mental patterns you’ve developed over time that leads you to over-function, be self-critical, and ignore your own needs. It’s the set of voices that leads you to suffer unnecessarily. 

Part of understanding critical thoughts and improving mental health is how we manage this internal monologue. Sometimes, this committee can help understand another person’s point of view, some typed of inner speech assists in problem-solving.

It’s time to recognize them and begin to disobey them. 

During this first part of this series, we introduce you to a set of unhelpful committee members who show up involuntarily. These forms of inner speech all people experience can disrupt more helpful internal dialogue. If you missed that episode, you’ll want to go back and catch it.  They permeate nearly every moment of our lives, influencing our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.   

We’ll walk you through who each committee member is, and how to recognize them, pay attention and at the end, we’ll walk you through some actionable steps to begin to quiet this internal speech and minimize their impact on you. 

The [Unhelpful] Committee Members: 

  • The Inner Critic 
  • The Persecutor 
  • The Debbie Downer 
  • The Judge 
  • The Task-Master 
  • The Logistics Person 
  • The Martyr 
  • The Victim 
  • The People Pleaser 
  • The Worrier 

Be sure to catch next week’s episode where we introduce you to the HELPFUL committee members who need more of a formal introduction to show up to the party. You wont’ want to miss it! 

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The Committee in Your Mind (Part 2)

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This is the second part of a special 2-part series of the podcast where we continue our deep dive into one of the most foundational principles of psychological strength. Specifically, the inner chatter of the committee in your mind. 

What is the committee in your mind? It’s the set of inner voices that chatter on a near-constant basis and have something to say and a judgment about every situation you find yourself in. It’s the set of mental patterns you’ve developed over time that leads you to over-function, be self-critical, and ignore your own needs. It’s the set of voices that leads you to suffer unnecessarily. 

Part of understanding critical thoughts and improving mental health is how we manage this internal monologue. Sometimes, this committee can help understand another person’s point of view, some typed of inner speech assists in problem-solving.

It’s time to recognize them, pay attention, and begin to disobey them. 

During this first part of this series, we introduced you to a set of unhelpful committee members who show up involuntarily. These forms of inner speech all people experience can disrupt more helpful internal dialogue. If you missed that episode, you’ll want to go back and catch it.  

Now, we’d like to walk you through a set of more helpful committee members. These are members who will not show up uninvited. Rather, they need more of a formal invitation to speak. However, if you can summon them to the conversation, you’ll find yourself in a much better, more confident, aligned position to move forward in the way you truly want to. 

The [Helpful] Committee Members: 

  • The Coach 
  • The Wise Advisor 
  • The Asset 

We barely scratched the surface of this incredibly important concept of internal speech in this episode, but we go DEEP on this very topic in our Ascend program. We invite you to check out the program and join us! https://www.peakmindpsychology.com/ascend  

We also mentioned a new free resource we just released last week. Sign up at www.peakmindpsycholgy.com/support to get immediate access to three 3-6 minute interventions to help you return to balance, control, and ease when you’re feeling worried or overwhelmed. Just in time for the beginning of the school year.  

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The Annoying Roommate in Your Mind

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Deciphering the inner voice that deserves our attention is our focus today, and prioritizing the internal monologue that is most beneficial.

I’m sure you’ve seen it. The pretty Instagram post that says, “You are not your thoughts.” Heck, we’ve even posted that exact post from the Peak Mind account! 

But, you might be wondering what that even means, and that’s what we’re diving into with this week’s episode of the podcast. 

You see, here’s the thing: our minds are thought-generating machines. It’s their jobs. Our minds sending us a constant slew of thoughts is as natural as our stomach growling when we’re hungry. 

Deciding which internal speech to listen to, and which internal dialogue to pay attention to especially when problem-solving or working through critical thoughts can be a challenge. There are good types of inner speech that people experience but the most beneficial are those that help us see other points of view. But some forms of inner speech can be damaging to our mental health.

Like a bad roommate, you know the type, the one that sprawls their mail across the living room table, is late on paying the rent, only wants to watch TV when you need to study or work, leaves a collection of drinks never on the coaster – we have all had that roommate. You might have even thought, how to get rid of your annoying roommate, bendy straws and all; but when that roommate, full of distractions and carelessness is inside your head, it’s hard to find the peace of mind you need. Some might benefit from a restraining order against that roommate, but you can’t do the same with aspects of your subconsciousness. 

But, many times, those thoughts feel “authentic.” They feel like they’re something we’ve intentionally decide or believe. They dictate our feelings and even our behaviors, even if it means we avoid doing something we really and truly want to do. 

In the short amount of time during this podcast, we’re diving into the ways in which our minds generate thoughts. Times when those thoughts are helpful, and times when they aren’t.  

Finally, we talk about a set of tools and techniques you can begin using RIGHT NOW to start separating yourself from the thoughts that are unhelpful.  

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an aspect of your life that isn’t impacted by the processes we’re digging into in this episode. For that reason, I hope you’ll give this episode a listen and implement some of the techniques we describe.  

Your thoughts are separate from you, and you do not have to obey them, but it takes psychological strength.  

INTRODUCING ASCEND! 

During this episode, we announced the beta release of our signature psych strength building program, Ascend. We couldn’t be more excited to send this baby out into the world! 

As a beta program, we’re releasing it at the lowest price it will ever be. If you’ve ever considered doing something for yourself. To build your own psychological strength and resilience. To dive deep into understanding yourself. To design your life around YOU. This program is for you. 

Learn more at www.peakmindpsychology.com/ascend