Elliott Counseling Group

Affirmations: What They Are and Why They Work

Jolie Carsten, LCSW
Clinical Director
Elliott Counseling Group


What are affirmations?
  • Positive statements you say about yourself
  • Used to reprogram our negative self-talk
  • Stated in the present tense
  • “I am” or “I deserve” or “I’m the kind of person who …”
  • Most effective when said out loud
  • Looking in mirror can boost effectiveness
  • “I am successful in all I do.”
  • “I am strong.”
  • “Today I will find joy.”
  • “I am proud of myself.”
  • “I can do hard things.”
  • “I deserve happiness.”
  • “I trust myself.”
  • “I enjoy life.”
  • “How I feel matters.”
  • “My fears are melting away.”
What are the benefits?
  • Decreases effects of stress.
  • Boosts problem-solving abilities.
  • Affects psychological immune system.
  • See mistakes as learning opportunities rather than failures.
  • Decreases our automatic defense systems.
  • Decreases the amount of errors we make in life.
Potential issues
  • If struggling with self-esteem, affirmations should be used as one part of a comprehensive program of self-growth and healing, usually supported by therapy interventions.