Chattering Teeth

woman at computer with chattering teeth on deskIf you’ve been in The Little School of Big Change or you’ve watched some Ask Amy’s, you know my teeth.

I use these wind-up, plastic, chattering teeth to illustrate how our mind seems to work. Bright red plastic gums and tall, shiny white teeth. You wind them up and they chatter and chomp around your table.

Everyone knows the feeling of a mind going on and on and on, wound up, chattering about everything and nothing until it runs out of juice. It puts on a dramatic show but when you look closely it’s just a hunk of plastic, all wound up.

The chattering teeth convey a certain disrespect that I think is hilarious and immensely helpful. It’s never a problem that we think a lot, that we get wound up, or that our mind works the way it does. Things only begin to feel problematic for us when we take it seriously. When we confuse ourselves—who we truly are—with that piece of cheap, chattering plastic.

The chattering teeth are a little mechanical device doing what it was designed to do.

So is your mind.

Become Your Own Habit-Free Success Story!

The Little School of Big Change Self-Study Course!

The Little School of Big Change is a program designed to help you overcome anxiety and unwanted habits without needing to rely on willpower or self-discipline.

Learn More

Get The Just A Thought Introduction and First Chapter for Free

Just a Thought: A No-Willpower Approach to End Self-Doubt and Make Peace with your Mind comes out October 1st. Download the Introduction and Chapter 1 now!

Get the 1st chapter free

Get a Free Student Access Account

Dr. Amy Johnson’s work has helped thousands of people find lasting freedom from unwanted habits and anxiety, and realize deeper meaning and peace of mind. Get access to free resources to help you on your journey by creating a free Student Access account today!

SIGN UP