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Speak Kindly, You're Listening

5 Star Review



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Editorial Book Review:

By Natalie Green


Dr. Jessica Metcalfe takes readers on a life-changing trip in "Speak Kindly, You're Listening," This book is a light of empowerment in a world where self-compassion is often disregarded, reminding us all that the first step towards self-love is the language we choose to use with ourselves.where she delves into the complexities of self-talk and its significant effects on wellbeing. Deeply exploring the author's own experiences, the book peels back the layers of negativity that once dominated her inner monologue.


The power of language—the words, tone, pitch, and volume we employ when we speak to ourselves—is the main focus. Dr. Jessica bravely discusses her personal struggle with a harmful inner voice that repeated feelings of worthlessness, inadequacy, and self-doubt. Her disclosures serve as a sobering reminder that anybody can be plagued by an unrelenting inner critic, even those who appear to have it all together.


The story is organized around four main themes: burnout, perfectionism, imposter syndrome, and the menacing, negative inner voice. Dr. Jessica expertly combines personal tales, her professional experiences as a cancer patient advocate, and her knowledge as an education director. This multimodal approach anchors the work in a recognizable world while also giving the narrative complexity.


"Speak Kindly, You're Listening" excels at making the connection between the negative inner voice that often plagues high-achieving women and their predisposition to be negative. Dr. Jessica reveals the causes of these harmful ideas by introspection and rigorous analysis, providing readers with a road map for comprehending and breaking free from similar self-destructive tendencies.


The book also functions as a useful manual for personal growth, providing doable strategies for changing one's inner monologue from a critical critic to a motivating encourager. Dr. Jessica uses her background in medicine and life experiences to help women change the way they talk to themselves in order to build self-awareness and confidence.


Finally, for anyone attempting to understand the intricate connection between their inner voice, confidence, and self-worth, "Speak Kindly, You're Listening" is an absolute must-read. By asking important questions and offering helpful tools to help readers traverse their inner landscapes, Dr. Jessica Metcalfe's compassionate and perceptive approach challenges readers to consider why they wouldn't treat themselves with the same respect that they would a friend or loved one.


This book is a light of empowerment in a world where self-compassion is often disregarded, reminding us all that the first step towards self-love is the language we choose to use with ourselves.



About the Author

Dr. Jessica Metcalfe




Dr. Jessica teaches self-intelligence and relational intelligence by bridging the gap between leadership skills and workplace culture. Her research  to understand the link between imposter syndrome, perfectionism and burnout has empowered her to teach others to empower their inner voice which ultimately affects how they show up in their leadership role. She, too, struggled with her own inner gremlin and how she spoke to herself. Speak Kindly, You’re Listening is her first book teaching high-achievers how to understand why and what their inner voice is saying to prevent self-sabotaging behaviours and burnout.

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