Talking to oneself as an incentive during physical exertion or any physical activity can be of great help. An interesting discovery was made with regards to this act of “self conversation” by a group of researchers.
Researchers at the University of Bangor have discovered that addressing themselves in the second person, rather than in the first person, can have better effects on the psyche and in general on encouraging effort. The researchers analyzed various participants during physical efforts to discover that those who encouraged themselves with verbs conjugated in the second person (“you can do it”) produced a greater effort than those who used the first person (“I can do it”).
It is not the first study that deals with the so-called “self-talk” as a form of incitement during physical activity but it is the first that shows that there are differences in the ways in which one can turn to oneself.
James Hardy, one of the authors of the study, explains the experiments and the results he and his team conducted in the article presenting the study: 16 males showed greater performance in physical endurance tests when they used second-person verbs to refer to themselves and at the same time the same participants, including those who used verbs in the first person, did not report differences in perceived effort.
This is further research, among other things, which emphasizes how important the psyche and the psychological context are during physical exercise or to better face a resistance test.