Thoughts & Ideas

Talking to yourself

10 January, 2009 (19:13) | Thoughts & Ideas

I’m in a dressing room today, and someone comes into the area next to mine and begins talking to himself.  I think he’s crazy.  This of course is not the first person I’ve ever heard talk to themselves out loud though.  So I wonder why people do it?  Is it simply that they never learned to think to themselves?  Is it that they just don’t care about what other people hear or think of them as a result of what they’ve heard?  I started to draw a connection to spacial reasoning.  Maybe they have an inability to process thinking and conversation in their own minds, so they have to speak the words, then hear them, then they can process them.  It creates that millisecond delay, but it’s enough for your brain to catch up.

Then I thought about insane people, and how they stereo-typically talk to themselves.  Maybe that’s loneliness or a disconnect from human interaction, but it could be a subconscious work around to their brain’s own inability to process information.  Then I thought about people with multiple voices in their heads.  They must have huge spacial reasoning to be able to keep that information straight.

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  • Kallie

    I talk to myself all the time. I don’t think it’s a mark of lack of education or “learning to think to myself,” it just doesn’t really bother me if other hear what I’m thinking in those cir*****stances. Why do we do recitation and flashcards? For me reading or thinking tasks aloud helps me remember them, and organize steps, especially if I have a lot to do; like at work when I have 5 patients who all need any number of things with different levels of skill, and urgency. I can do it in my head, but why when it’s just as easy or more so to say it out loud? It’s never because I’m lonely because then I’d rather talk to you :)

  • Kallie

    I talk to myself all the time. I don’t think it’s a mark of lack of education or “learning to think to myself,” it just doesn’t really bother me if other hear what I’m thinking in those cir*****stances. Why do we do recitation and flashcards? For me reading or thinking tasks aloud helps me remember them, and organize steps, especially if I have a lot to do; like at work when I have 5 patients who all need any number of things with different levels of skill, and urgency. I can do it in my head, but why when it’s just as easy or more so to say it out loud? It’s never because I’m lonely because then I’d rather talk to you :)

  • mommajanjan

    lately when I think people are talking to themselves, they are actually on a cell phone. =]
    Talking to oneself is also a good way for the right half of the brain to communicate with the left half. No kidding.

  • mommajanjan

    lately when I think people are talking to themselves, they are actually on a cell phone. =]
    Talking to oneself is also a good way for the right half of the brain to communicate with the left half. No kidding.