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The ‘Mantra Effect’: How Talking to Yourself Can Change Your Mind

The human voice is a persuasive communication tool — even when you’re talking to yourself

Spoken mantras are a feature of many Eastern religious traditions, including Hinduism and Buddhism. Mantras can take the form of words or phrases, but they’re…



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Markham Heid

I’m a long-time contributor at TIME and other media orgs. I write mostly about health. I grew up in Michigan, but these days I live in southwest Germany.