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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

Illustration: Kieran Blakey

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

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.

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