The most effective self-talk doesn’t merely shift emotions. It shifts linguistic categories. It moves from making statements to asking questions”.
On average, the self-questioning group solved nearly 50 percent more puzzles than the self-affirming group.
Interrogative self-talk, by its very nature, elicits answers, and within those answers are strategies for actually carrying out the task.
Interrogative self-talk may inspire thoughts about autonomous or intrinsically motivated reasons to pursue a goal.