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Sane Language for Academic Stress

By on May 4, 2016
Picture courtesy of David Castillo Dominici

Sane Language is the art of using words in thoughts and speech to program your mind for success. Historically the success of affirmations has been hit and miss because the scientific principles underlying the effect of affirmations was unknown. More recently scientific research on the effect of affirmations in various contexts has become available. These scientific principles allow affirmations to be targeted precisely for maximum benefit.

In the research linked below, David Crewel from Carnegie Mellon showed that stress can reduce academic performance by up to a staggering 50%. However stress that would otherwise adversely affect academic performance can be contracted by a short and targeted session of affirmations.

Sane Language uses these principles to demonstrate how to use affirmations effectively. The first step to doing so is to elicit your values (or the values of your client if you are a coach using affirmations in a coaching context). To do this effectively, you should associate into the context in which you want to excel in spite of stress. For example if your (or your client) is a student studying for an exam, you should ask why it is important to succeed in the exam. This does not mean things like “to pass” or to “get a degree”. The question is aimed at how their life will be different once they have passed the exam, or gain the qualification; what is important to them about that change?

Once you have a list of their top three values in the context, you can build affirmations around these values. Repeating these to themselves, writing about them, or better yet hearing the affirmations while in trance will optimize their performance!

Published in PLOS ONE, new research from Carnegie Mellon University provides the first evidence that self-affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving performance. Understanding that self-affirmation — the process of identifying and focusing on one’s most important values — boosts stressed individuals’ problem-solving abilities will help guide future research and the development of educational interventions. Do Self-Affirmations Work? A Revisit | Psychology Today

Picture courtesy of David Castillo Dominici

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