Socrates, a philosopher, said that knowing yourself is the path to true intelligence. But is there a right and a wrong way of doing self-reflection?

A new research has shown that thinking too much often results in poor decision making. It is believed that people should adopt illeism, the act of referring to oneself in the third-person instead of first-person, when making decisions.

Ethan Kross, a psychologist, said that the way people talk to themselves has an effect on their success in life. If a person talks to himself using the pronoun “I”, that person is more likely to do poorly. On the contrary, talking to oneself in the third-person has more chances of finishing tasks.

Talking to yourself in the third-person point of view might help you make decisions more carefully. In case you are feeling uncertain, talk to yourself in the third person and you might get surprised by the result.