To thine own self

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The title comes from the Shakespeare play Hamlet. The title is part of a longer quote from a father to a son. The son is leaving the country presumably to never be seen again and the father is giving some advice. He says

” This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!”

Those were the last words the father gave to his son. To be honest first with himself and then with others. When I read the play as a child I thought it was funny be honest to yourself. Who talks to themselves and who would lie to their self about something? Then I grew older and discovered regret and denial and understood why the father gave this advice.

Self talk is what it is called and there is a very interesting article from the mayo clinicabout the medical effects of negative self talk.  The article details how to avoid negative self talk and promote positive self talk, it also outlines the health benefits of positive self talk.


I am not sure what you think about self talk? You may feel it is a bunch of psycho babbble however without being pendantic I should remind you that many religions in their text promote a love for self which would involve positive self talk.


Mark 12:31 “Love thy neighbour as thy self”


Hadith 28 “Love for your brother what you love for yourself”

In the Hindu faith the whole concept around Karma is love for oneself and others.


If we are to care for others we must care for ourself. We engage in self talk often and daily and since we are going to do it I think we should be kind to ourselves. You never know it may be one of those days when no one else is kind to you..





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