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Brought to you by Penguin.

One of the best new books of 2021 - Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel H. Pink's Next Big Idea Club Winter 2021 Winning Selection, BBC Science Focus Magazine, The Washington Post, CNN Underscored, Apple Books, Shape, Behavioral Scientist, Mindbodygreen, POPSUGAR, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness starred reviews.

One of the best new books of January 2021 - BBC Science Focus Magazine, The Washington Post, CNN Underscored, Shape, Behavioral Scientist, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly starred reviews.

As featured in Apple's 'Best Audiobooks of 2021 so far'!

Turn your inner voice from critic to coach.

We all have a voice in our head. We tune into its endless chatter to look for guidance, ideas and wisdom. Except sometimes, this voice leads us down a rabbit hole of negative self-talk and endless rumination.

These silent conversations are so powerful they can sink our mood, trip us up and even impact our health. How can we take back control? This is the question award-winning psychologist Ethan Kross set out to answer 20 years ago when he began an audacious mission - to study the conversations we have with ourselves.

In Chatter, Kross interweaves cutting-edge science with real-world case studies to explain how these inner conversations shape our work and relationships. Then he reveals the tools you need to harness your own voice so that you can be happier, healthier and more productive.

Brilliantly argued and expertly researched, Chatter will explain how the conversations we have with ourselves shape our lives and will give you the power to change them.

©2021 Ethan Kross (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"This book is going to fundamentally change some of the most important conversations in your life-the ones you have with yourself." (Adam Grant, best-selling author of Give and Take)

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Life changing - what an amazing book

I honestly couldn’t stop listening to this. Best Audiobook I’ve ever invested in! I will be getting my whole family and as many people I can to listen to this. Really useful book to have. Thank you Ethan Kross.

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excellent

I found this to be an excellent listen and really enjoyed Ethan as a narrator. I thought that the referenced studies were well chosen and the recommended tools to combat chatter are incredibly affective.

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Thank you.

This book made so much sense to me and I shall be using the practices to help with my chatter.

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Relatable and Helpful

For me, I found this book at a time where I was starting to face into some of the inner dialogie challenges that I had ignored for some time, so it was not only relatable but also very timely. Ethan Kross has captured and explained inner “chatter” in a way that made thorough sense and it gives some really wonderful tools to manage it yourself and in ways to help others.

This is not a step by step guide to self help though, if thats what you are seeking you may not find that here but it will contextualise some of the challenges really well. Honestly a great book and has helped me immensely!

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Excellent

This is a great book and well read by the author...a joy to listen to, and fascinating. I would have enjoyed a few more practical self help examples, but otherwise it’s excellent

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Must listen

We all have a voice in our head... except this voice just so happens to be a book about the voices in our head.

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Loved This! Thank you Ethan

This book was so thought provoking and interesting. Loved listening to it on my journey to and from work for the last week. Thanks Ethan, you did a great job with the book and the narration. Hope you write more!

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Soothing science based self help. Brilliant.

I honestly wish that everyone could read/listen to this. This science based understanding of the human minds tendency to chatter is exactly what I needed after the challenges of 2020 but relevant to our entire lives. The narrator is soothing and entertaining. It was an easy but very interesting listen. You'll want to share it with your Mum, share it with your teens, share it with your partner etc etc.

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I found this helpful and accessible

I already do some of the techniques, but it's nice to think I may do them knowingly now, with purpose, and have a list to refer to when the chatter is to loud to implement them. I appreciate the inclusion of how the author guides his own children too. I think the author did well with this book, and narrated it well too.

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Long haul

Yes it’s did drag out in regards to coming to an conclusion or science behind these basic tools, the distancing, zooming out & using you name tool was great but I don’t recommend this book to anyone who is in need of help with negative thoughts, OCD, self esteem issues or any type of rumination.
Chatter can be the beginnings of something terrible so I would recommend this book to anyone with a ‘normal” brain.

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  • 15-06-2021

Not all authors are good narators!

This is a good example. The monotone voice, made me sleepy 😴. I was finding myself with inner chatter, however, there are some suggestions I can probably consider.

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  • 03-02-2021

Rubbish

If you want to lose a few hours of your life then buy this rambling nonsense

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  • 17-03-2021

Good listen, concise

This book is a good exploration of internal chatter. It's not a self-help book but more an exploration of a theme within psychology from which one can garner strategies to help themselves. Those strategies are outlines neatly in the conclusion if you need to go back and remind yourself what they were. I think the balance was right. Wasn't dry. Examples and side-stories maybe took a bit long at times but just that's just a detail. Would recommend.

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  • MS F
  • 10-07-2021

OK

This was an ok book. I was diverted but not blown away by it. Well read

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  • 28-06-2021

Very helpful

A quite helpful read on a very rarely talked issue. I enjoyed it and also gathered valuable insights.

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  • Lisa Read
  • 23-05-2021

Simple and profound

Loved this, listened in a weekend. It ties in beautifully with my professional work in mental fitness.

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  • Leanne B.
  • 13-05-2021

This was amazing

Narrator was great, great insight to the stories will wel be coming back to this book again and again to use the tools stated inside

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2021

superficial intro to a relevant topic

Here's a useful benchmark: the book spends a considerable time explaining the placebo effect. If you're well informed enough to already know it, this book isn't for you. If you don't think you know it well, maybe it is. I found it a disapoitment because it reviews reasonably well known things. And it repeats a lot of points in minor variations (like "distancing"). Not a *bad* book. Just did not change anything in what I knew or the "tools" I have.

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  • Deb P
  • 04-05-2021

Fabulous insight

Heard Ethan talk on a podcast & signed up to audible just to listen to this book - was not disappointed. Great insight, interesting stories that highlight the points made & easy action plans summarised at the end.

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  • Kat
  • 29-04-2021

Life changing!!

Loved this book! It gave me actual clear guidance as to how to manage unhelpful chatter in the mind and how to reframe it help me. The language is simple and accessible and the examples are clear and interesting. Plus the narration is great. As someone who struggles with anxiety and negative thought spirals, the skills given in the book benefitted me instantly. Would definitely recommend. It's been nothing short of life changing (and I'm not exaggerating when I say that!).

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  • 22-04-2021

Easy to understand

Simple & informative & thought provoking.
Helps the listener understand the inner voice inside all our minds.

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