I have long talked to myself, both inside my head and out loud. Finally I am able to feel better about this:-)
According to some newer research, talking to yourself isn’t crazy at all – in fact, it has several benefits. Talking to yourself can actually help you organize your thoughts. In addition to the organizational aspect, it can help with memory recall and complex problem solving.
As children, self-directed speech is critically important in being able to learn language and work through tasks like tying shoelaces. The video below provides a helpful explanation of why talking to yourself isn’t crazy and is actually a pretty smart thing to do.
Note: talking to yourself in this instance is defined as vocalizing some of your thought processes. It should not be confused with potentially hearing and/or responding to voices that only you can hear, which is a potential symptom of serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia or having multiple personalities.
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