People Who Talk To Themselves Aren’t Crazy, They’re Actually Geniuses
“If I were my peach smoothie body butter, where would I be?” I say to no one while I search for my favorite lotion. Then: “Aha! Here you are. You rolled under my bed.”
I talk to myself a lot. And I don’t mean only in the privacy of my own home. I talk to myself while I’m walking down the street, when I’m in my office or when I’m shopping.
Thinking out loud helps me materialize what I’m thinking about. It helps me make sense of things.
It also makes me look insane. Crazy people talk to themselves, right? They’re conversing with the voices inside their heads. If you’re yammering on to nobody, everyone thinks you’re a mental patient.
I’m sure many people have seen me wandering down the streets of NYC and thought, “The crack addiction is strong with that one.”
I’m positive I look disturbingly similar to Gollum in “Lord Of The Rings” when he dotes over his “precious.”
Well, the joke is on the judgmental assh*les who give me a side-eye on the train. (By the way, I SEE YOU!).
Talking to yourself, it turns out, is a sign of genius.
The smartest people on earth talk to themselves. Look at the inner monologues of the greatest thinkers. Look at poetry! Look at history!
Albert Einstein talked to himself. He wasn’t an avid social butterfly when he was growing up, and he preferred to keep to himself.
Einstein.org reports that he “used to repeat his sentences to himself softly.”
So, you see? I’m not alone, and I’m not completely bonkers. I’m just really smart. Ha!
Talking to yourself makes your brain work more efficiently.
In a study printed in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, psychologists Daniel Swigley and Gary Lupya hypothesized that talking to yourself was actually beneficial.
We’re all guilty of it, right? We might as well celebrate it and study the benefits.
In one experiment, Swigley and Lupya gave 20 people the name of an object (like a loaf of bread or an apple), which they were told to find in the supermarket.
During the first set of trials, the participants were bound to silence. In the second set, they repeated the object’s name out loud as they looked for it in the store.
According to Live Science, test subjects found the object with greater ease when they spoke to themselves while searching. Saying things out loud sparks memory. It solidifies the end game and makes it tangible.
Talking out loud to yourself helps you only when you know what you need.
If you want to find something, speaking the object’s name out loud is helpful only when you’re familiar with its appearance.
You have to know what it is you’re looking for; otherwise, you’ll just confuse yourself. According to Lupyan:
Speaking to yourself isn’t always helpful — if you don’t really know what an object looks like, saying its name can have no effect or actually slow you down. If, on the other hand, you know that bananas are yellow and …read more
Source: Steven Aitchison