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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 30, 2020 and last updated on July 15, 2023

The topic of autosuggestion serves as an intriguing conversation topic for English learners as it explores the connection between language and the power of the mind. Discussing autosuggestion helps learners enhance their vocabulary related to self-improvement, mental well-being and personal development. Engaging in conversations about autosuggestion enables learners to practice expressing their thoughts and beliefs while discussing the impact of positive affirmations and visualisation techniques on one’s mindset and behaviour.

This topic encourages critical thinking, fosters self-reflection and empowers learners to explore strategies for personal growth, ultimately enhancing their language proficiency and communication skills.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Autosuggestion

Autosuggestion, also known as self-suggestion, refers to the practice of influencing one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours through repeated affirmations or mental imagery. By consciously implanting positive suggestions into the subconscious mind, individuals aim to reprogram their beliefs and behaviours to achieve desired outcomes.

Autosuggestion techniques, such as visualisation and positive affirmations, are often used in self-help, personal development and therapeutic contexts. This practice harnesses the power of the mind to promote self-improvement, boost confidence, reduce stress and enhance overall well-being.

Useful Vocabulary

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  • autosuggestion (noun)
  • subconscious (noun)
  • conscious (noun)
  • mind (noun)
  • consciously (adverb)
  • behave (verb)
  • claim (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever heard of autosuggestion?
  • How would you describe autosuggestion if you were asked?
  • How do you think positive affirmations can influence our mindset and behavior?
  • Have you personally used autosuggestion techniques? If yes, what were the results?
  • Do you believe that autosuggestion can help improve self-confidence and motivation?
  • Do you believe autosuggestion can work for anybody?
  • Can autosuggestion be a useful tool for managing stress and anxiety?
  • In what situations do you think autosuggestion can be particularly beneficial?
  • Is there a potential downside to relying too heavily on autosuggestion techniques?
  • Can autosuggestion replace traditional forms of therapy or counselling?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.