Why Do We Talk To Ourselves?


Ben Mullins

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Presley Nemecek, Staff Reporter

As we sit at home before our computer stressing about finals and online classes, we might start to talk to ourselves. No one is in the room. You aren’t talking to your teacher on the other end or the screen or your classmates, but simply yourself. Is that normal? Should you be concerned that you are going insane if you haven’t already?

Fortunately for you, speaking to yourself is completely normal! Talking out loud and to yourself is completely normal and can actually be beneficial to you. According to Healthline, talking to yourself can help you find things, focus, and also motivate yourself through positive self talk. As Dr. Niolosi, a clinical psychologist in New York, was quoted by NBC News “If we speak out loud, it forces us to slow down our thoughts and process them differently because we engage the language that enters our brain. By talking to ourselves we become more deliberate, and this creates a slower process to think, feel and act, instead of being bombarded by our thoughts.” So don’t fret! Talking out loud about one’s thoughts is normal and even good for your mental wellbeing.

In order to make the most of talking to yourself, you should talk to yourself in 2nd or 3rd person when talking about positive things. By doing this, it’ll trick your brain into thinking that someone else is telling you those words and you will better believe the positive affirmations you say. By doing so, you could lead yourself down a more positive path and also boost your confidence.

There is little you should be concerned about when it comes to talking to yourself, however, if you do feel uncomfortable, if you want to break the habit but can’t, if you experience bullying for talking to yourself, or are talking down to yourself, then you should be a little concerned. If this is the case, you can try to break the habit of talking to yourself by keeping a journal, ask people questions instead of asking yourself, or keep your mouth busy by chewing on gum or eating hard candy. 

Like stated above, there is little to be concerned about regarding the small habit of talking to yourself. It is completely normal and it may seem crazy, but everyone does it and it is actually beneficial to yourself. So maybe rethink calling yourself crazy . As the wise Jack Sparrow once said, “Crazy people don’t know they’re crazy. I know I’m crazy, therefore I’m not crazy. Isn’t that crazy?” You’re not crazy, you’re just normal.