This article will answer your question of whether there is a science between affirmations or is it just a superstition? We have researched all about affirmations. What are they, how are they created? What are they used for and how are they used. All these questions help us to research about whether science is behind affirmation or not. Can it be practically explained? Sometimes we want proof to believe in something. When science proofs it, it becomes easier to believe.
What is Called An Affirmation?
This topic reminds me of a book that discusses about these phenomena. We would recommend you to read the book “The Secret.” Affirmations are those sentences that are focused on encouraging a person or motivating them. The affirmation sentences are created with words that bring positive vibes to a person when he or she repeatedly says it. These sentences are connected to your life’s situations. Affirmations that you will speak will directly reflect your situations because only then you will be able to connect with it and that will affect your behavior or habits towards life and your situations.
This is the main purpose of affirmations, they help you to see the positive aspects of life and blocks the negative thoughts in your mind. This will ultimately help you to think positive and bring a positive perspective in your mind about things. You can create your own affirmations. You may even find them in your surroundings. It totally depends on your life and your situation you are going through at the moment.
Science or Magic?
Affirmations do work but how do we support it? Is it science or magic? Affirmations require patience and regularity. If you want to see the change in yourself and your behavior or habits. This will require your patience and belief in the system. You can create your affirmations, but you need to take care of the words you use because words are very powerful when the affirmation needs to work. This article will reflect upon the proven psychological theory for affirmations.
The Psychological Theory Behind Affirmation
Steele in 1988 gave the first psychological theory behind affirmation. This theory focused on how an individual can maintain his or her sense of integrity with affirmations. An individual needs to believe in the words he speaks, the words should match the feelings and the situations of that individual. Affirmations bring positivity and encourage the individual to do better and try harder.
Integrity and efficacy have a very close relation to each other. Efficacy means an individual’s ability to control his/her moral outcomes. We will always try to protect our reputation. “self-efficacy—our perceived ability to control moral outcomes and respond flexibly when our self-concept is threatened” (Cohen & Sherman, 2014). So in simple words, this theory suggests that affirmations do work only because we are protective in nature towards our reputation and we tend to work harder when we hear encouraging words that connect to our feeling.
This section will discuss the three important aspects of the self-affirmation theory. This will help you understand how affirmations work. The first aspect is the words we choose, they need to flexible and morale-boosting words. We all have desires and we need to motivate ourselves in order to achieve it. These words should be able to encourage you in not only one situation but in different situations. This builds our self-identity, how? because this will let us know what are the different versions of ourselves and how do we cope up with it.
The second aspect of self-affirmations explains you don’t have to try and be perfect and exceptional in everything you do. You can be adequate in things that you personally value. Motivations will come when you find yourself being good at something you value. The last aspect of self-affirmation, the affirmation sentences should not be something that is you being acknowledging yourself. That is something you feel you deserve it, there is a thin line of difference between that.
Let us help you to understand this with an example: You can not say “I am a responsible mother” as an affirmation because this is something you would want to hear it from your children. You would rather say “I can be a responsible mother” this will encourage yourself to improve.
Psychologically speaking, there are terms and there are well-known individuals who have proved that the affirmation works. This is not enough, affirmations are such sentences that will impact you only when you will allow yourself to be vulnerable to criticisms and work harder to be a better version of yourself.