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Talking vs. Thinking
I talk to myself all the time. Especially while I'm getting ready in the morning.

"I'm not getting up yet."

"Nice work, you boob. Try getting some more water on the floor."

"I have time."

"This shower is over!"

"<random song>"

"I wore that yesterday."

"I need to fold my laundry."

"Watch, wallet, phone, badge, keys."

And so on. Until recently, I considered this, left unchecked, prelude to schizophrenia- something to avoid. Now I'm not so sure. This morning, I woke up for a call of nature twenty minutes before my alarm went off, and sat there resolutely keeping my mouth closed. The thing is, I still have the same conversations with myself without vocalizing them. So it seems to me that the only reason I have to keep from talking to myself is to avoid freaking out my roommate. And I think it's probably too late to avoid that now, anyway.

I personally think that I talk to myself because I'm just thinking out loud, and out of a desire for interaction, I want to hear a voice, even my own. Or maybe I'm just insane. That's cool too.

7 comments

Gulia was sure you'd want to know:
I guess it runs in the family....I talk to myself ALL the time. When I have owned a pet (i.e., fish) I justify my personal comments by convincing myself that I talk to them. I am certain that fish can hear through water.

6:11 PM, Apr 25, 2007

chicus thinks:
If inner monologues are cool why are "outer-monologues" bad? That is like saying innie belly buttons are good but outies are bad.

Except outies really are bad.

8:38 PM, Apr 25, 2007

Brian took the time to say:
Agreed on the family business. I even talk to myself at work a bit. I get the occasional look, though. But quite a bit more in the morning, and especially the shower. I practice my French and Italian in the shower, or maybe do math or programming problems. TMI? Wha'eva..

8:50 AM, Apr 26, 2007

dumonk commented:
Inner monologues only drive yourself insane.

Outer monologues drive anybody within hearing distance insane. We have a guy at work who continually paces in our office having debates with himself whether or not he should fill up his car with gas from work tonight or whether he thinks it might be to warm for a jacket outside when he goes on his lunch walk or if he should go on his lunch walk or maybe get something to eat. The man can turn a one sentence statement into a 30 minute conversation with himself. WHO THE **** CARES!!! Somedays it takes every ounce of my energy not to go ballistic.

I say as long as your talking to yourself out loud is regulated to short quick messages, your in the clear.

8:55 AM, Apr 26, 2007

R.A. Heller was sure you'd want to know:
If you remember Steve Millieser from Loras from psychology, the first thing that he told us, was that crazy people do not think they are crazy. Hence, you are not crazy. He did provide some funny stories about his brother who has schizophrenia.

9:56 AM, Apr 26, 2007

sweetE interjected:
true to family business, i talk to myself daily. it matters not what time of day or who's around or even how long the conversation i have with myself will last. i remember my dad doing it so much and figuring that if he did it and wasn't committed, why would i be?

john, congrats on homeowning and trying to keep fresh perspective on yourself and your goals etc. your insights to personal change and growth have prompted me to stop watching tv 60+ hours a week and cut it down to the regular 40. or is that work hours?

11:56 AM, Apr 26, 2007

Schizoid McGee said:
i have inner trialogues.

1:49 PM, Apr 26, 2007

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