self talk worksheet for middle school counseling

In this activity, students will practice battling their Shadow Self, or negative self-talk, by coming up with positive self-talk.

This is one lesson that I could really use myself. I over-analyze, over-think, and negative self-talk my way into unnecessary stress all the time.

Remember those blissful years when the three little dots that show someone is typing on an iPhone didn’t exist? Back when we all had flip phones and people didn’t really text much anyway? This is my brain when I see those three little dots:

Me (texting): Hey! What are you up to this afternoon? We should go to this festival downtown!

My brain: They’re probably thinking of a polite way to say no.

My brain: I shouldn’t have even asked, they’re probably busy.

(Dots disappear. I freak out.) … (Oh no, they’re back. I freak out more.)

My brain: Even if they do say yes, they probably just feel obligated to come.

My brain: Why are you like this??

The scene in Hall of Heroes that this worksheet pulls from has superhero students battling their Shadow Self. When the Shadow Self uses negative self-talk, the student must come up with a stronger, positive thought to overpower it.

And by the way, even though these characters and this situation is from our middle school game, this activity can certainly be used with upper elementary!

Download the Self-Talk Printable