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Do you talk to yourself? Be honest!

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Talking to Yourself Isn't (Just) for Crazy People

Posted by Jacqueline Burt on April 27, 2012

crazy ladyWhen I was younger and had fewer than 8 million things on my mind at any given moment, I used to give my mom a hard time because she talked to herself. Like, all the time. (So did my grandmother, now that I think about it.) Footloose and un-frazzled as I was, it used to drive me nuts when I heard her voice coming from another room and thought she was talking to me:

"What, Mom?" Silence. "WHAT DID YOU SAY?!" Silence. "MOOOOM!"

"Hmm? Oh, nothing, I was just talking to myself."

Aargh!

Of course, now that I'm a mom and karma tends to bite us all in the arse at some point, I find myself having similar solo conversations:

"Now, what did I come in this room for? Oh yeah, the laundry basket. Now where did that soap go ... ?"

Does this mean I'm as crazy as my mother?!

Not neccessarily! Check this out: According to a new study, talking to yourself can actually speed up your thought process.

For example, people looking for certain items found them faster when they talked about them out loud -- talking about the objects “activates visual properties in the brain."

Totally makes sense. Just like that episode of Sesame Street from the mid-70's with the cartoon about the little kid whose mom sends him to the store for "a loaf of bread, a quart of milk, and a stick of butter." And the whole time he's walking to the store he's singing to himself, "a loaf of bread, a quart of milk, and a stick of butter."

THEN when he gets to the store and the grocer asks him what he needs to buy, he thinks about his little song and pictures the items: "A loaf of bread ... a quart of milk ... and ... a stick of butter!"

Hey, that's all the evidence I need. SOLD.

Do you talk to yourself? Be honest!

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 7:28 AM
Replies (11-16):
allboys246
by Amy on May. 1, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Yes...Yes I do ! To much to be honest. LOL

countrymomma81
by on May. 1, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I do. And I answer myself too. I hate when people say as long as you don't answer yourself, you aren't crazy. 

Uh, no. If I don't answer myself then I'll never get anything done...lol. If I'm asking myself what to wear and I don't answer myself, I'll go naked. If I ask myself what I want to eat and I don't answer myself, I'll starve. See, you have to answer yourself. 

abra
by on May. 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM
oh yes!!
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Audreesmommy757
by Diana lynn on May. 4, 2012 at 1:32 PM

yes everyday lol..and i answer my self back lol

VisionSeeker
by on May. 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM

 I do this all the time...I figure if I'm not having full blown conversations with actually named invisible people then I'm ok.

Harris06
by Megan on May. 4, 2012 at 2:27 PM
I do, yes. Haha
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