By Bonnie Robson, M. D. and Jacqui G. Haas, ATC
Do dance students sabotage themselves with negative personal criticism? “I feel awful today, I can’t bear to look at myself in the mirror. Will I ever get this right?” Negative personal criticism is the inner dialogue that blocks student’s ability to reach their potential. Self-talk can either be negative or positive. Students can learn to use their self-talk for motivation to improve their outlook and self-image or to improve their technique. Motivational self-talk creates a positive mood and increases confidence
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