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

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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!

 

Image via Anathea Utley/Flickr

mental health, aging

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nonmember avatar A

I have talked to myself ever since I had my baby. But, I project it towards my baby. He learns words and conversation skills, and I look sane-ish.

hotrd... hotrdumommy

More than I like to let on. I sometimes recite tv shows that I'm watching.

mrs.pina mrs.pina

yes i do it all the time. I'll ask my self "what am i wearing today" my mom has always told me its ok to talk to yovr self .now if u respond back then sumthing must be wrong lol. She's always playd with me like that . But i guess we all do it .

Jenniy Jenniy

All the freaking time. Lol

Rebecca Rae Woods

YES and my fiance always gives me the WEIRDEST look haha

nursemc nursemc

Sane people talk to themselves. Crazy people talk to other people that you just can't see.

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Ive talked to my self ever since i was a kid.

butte... butterflyfreak

Are you kidding me? Talking to myself yields the most intelligent conversations!

Todd Vrancic

You're not crazy if you talk to yourself, even if you argue with yourself, but you'd better watch out if you lose those arguments!

nonmember avatar Kate

Lol, I do but I refer to it as thinking out loud.

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