Read more of Self-Talk, from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery, by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop, at One Place.
"Another way self-talk can be used is to confront yourself and your appetites in order to bring rationality back into play when temptation threatens to confuse and disorient you. When you actively engage your mind by talking to yourself, you’ll be less likely to act without thinking, and you’ll reinforce what you believe to be true, right, and good.
"Make no mistake about it. Self-talk can be a very spiritually wise thing to do."
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
1 Peter 2:1-3