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D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression, pp. 20-21:

Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them but they are talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man's treatment [in Psalm 42] was this: instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. "Why art thou cast down, O my soul?" he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says, "Self, listen for moment, I will speak to you."

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7 thoughts on “Why You Need to Start Talking to Yourself More”

  1. K. Shay says:

    This is a great book. I just began reading it; I’m on Chapter 4.

  2. Gary Horn says:

    One of the most helpful, encouraging books I’ve ever read.

  3. John Thomson says:

    Over the years, I have been troubled on and off with depression. I first read MLJ Spiritual depression over 25 years ago. It helped me greatly understand the spiritual dimensions that the illness involved. It also was good psychology. The quote on the blog was particularly helpful in this regard.

    I have not yet come across a book as useful as this. I think every pastor and elder should read it. It will help them remain a psychological and spiritual even keel in their own ministry and greatly enhance their pastoral skills for helping others.

    Really glad you have mentioned it. All should buy it.

  4. Carlo Rose says:

    For everyone’s information, the Martin Lloyd-Jones Recording Trust has just completed digitizing all of Lloyd-Jones series on Spiritual Depression. The series can be purchased in MP3s or CDs I think.

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