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#1 Posted by Demoskinos (15013 posts) -

So I just wanted to throw this question out there to see if I'm the only crazy motherfucker who does this. So, I've found out over the years especially through high-school that I learn way better aurally by hearing people explain shit to me rather than reading it from a text book or anything. Now as the title of the thread reads I totally talk to myself quite often.

I know to some people this is insanely strange. The reason I led off with my explanation of my learning habits are frankly because as I've tried to examine why I do this I think its a direct cause of that I aurally ingest information better thus by "thinking" out loud to myself quite often I find it helps me parse my thoughts and sort though them way easier. I have no clue if this makes sense at all. So I was just wondering if anyone else did this. Because really more than anything its me just audibly sorting through my thoughts more than anything else. I'm often by myself as well so that most likely adds to the mix a bit too.

So I just wanted to see how many of you actually do similar things or if I'm just kind of the odd man out in this scenario.

#2 Edited by hanktherapper (379 posts) -

Yes you are the only person in the world who does this.

No he isn't.

Quiet you.

#3 Posted by Yummylee (22054 posts) -

Yes you are the only person in the world who does this.

No he isn't.

Quiet you.

Brilliant.

#4 Edited by DeadeyeMcCoy (258 posts) -

Yep, I do it for pretty much the same exact reason you do. It's just the easiest way for me to sort out my thoughts, helps me think straight. I'll only do it when I'm alone, but I've gotten a few weird looks for it from those I live with who may have heard me from another room or something.

#5 Posted by Demoskinos (15013 posts) -

Yes you are the only person in the world who does this.

No he isn't.

Quiet you.

Okay, that was pretty good.

#6 Edited by fisk0 (4285 posts) -

I didn't use to talk to myself but I've made the uncomfortable observation that I've started talking to myself more and more over the past few years. It's still not a regular thing, but it's scary whenever I noticed I've done so.

I think I learn in a similar way to what you describe, but up until recently I could vocalize those thoughts in my head without actually saying them out loud, something I've found I have a harder time doing these days.

#7 Posted by mlarrabee (2993 posts) -

Quite a lot, actually.

#8 Posted by WickedFather (1733 posts) -

Not in the way you do but I do talk to myself a fair bit. Most of it is doing impressions so sometimes when I'm trying to do someone new I'll spend the entire day talking out loud. And you'll end up saying weird things that you'd never normally say. When I was learning Noel Fielding I ended up describing things really weirdly and made myself laugh so much.

#9 Edited by ripelivejam (4288 posts) -

Yes you are the only person in the world who does this.

No he isn't.

Quiet you.

homer + his brain :D

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#10 Posted by jimmy_p (278 posts) -

"Am I the only special snowflake who does X?"

No, 99% of the time you are not.

#11 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1856 posts) -

I talk to myself out loud in a high pitched voice cause I've gotta train my vocal chords to make lady sounds.

#12 Posted by Brodehouse (10072 posts) -

Organizing one's thoughts out loud is pretty common.

#13 Posted by Disaya (290 posts) -

Organizing one's thoughts out loud is pretty common.

This. But yeah a lot of people do this, don't feel weird about it.

#14 Posted by falserelic (5467 posts) -

From time to time I do.

I tend to worry about my future alot. Since I've placed myself in a bad situation that effects my life, and if I don't try to resolve it then I'm fucked plain simple. Working out helps put me at ease and keeps stress from getting to me. Now before I would start having weird suicidal thoughts. I kept thinking about the past wishing I could change things, and I would beat myself up about the bad decision I've made.

Nowadays I don't even try to let it get me down as much. I know there's people having the same problems, and some of them are worse then mine. So I can't complain I'm just happy about the moment. I'm just glad that I have a nice place to stay for the time being, before I was living in a shithole with alot of noisy fucked up people.

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#15 Edited by Doskias (313 posts) -

I will occasionally catch myself saying unkind things about the decisions I make.

I probably need actual professional help, really.

Edit: I'm actually watching the last episode of the Vinny/Jeff Deadly Premonition Endurance Run right now, so this topic is especially relevant to me.

#16 Posted by ProfessorK (825 posts) -

@jimmy_p said:

"Am I the only special snowflake who does X?"

No, 99% of the time you are not.

Pretty much this, I do when I'm organizing thoughts sometimes, or unfortunately when I'm pissed at someone/thing in the moment but that I'm trying to work on.

#17 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@jimmy_p said:

"Am I the only special snowflake who does X?"

No, 99% of the time you are not.

Hey, this seems like it would make for an interesting discussion. Shut up, asshole, everybody does it. Hey, what are me two doing here?

#18 Edited by Turtlebird95 (2490 posts) -

I think there are more people that talk to themselves than those who don't.

I organize my thoughts by speaking and often commentate on things I do. Helps me stay focused and shit.

#19 Posted by falserelic (5467 posts) -

Won't be surprise if I hear a Deadly Premonition joke, isn't that right relic?

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#20 Posted by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

I play games on PC, I spend half my "game time" talking to myself on how to fix shit.

#21 Posted by myketuna (1725 posts) -

I talk to myself all the time. I live alone in a trailer. I used to do it before once in a while, but it's a hard motherfucking fact of life now.

#22 Edited by 49th (2783 posts) -

Yeah, I do by myself. It's fun. I also make up songs and narrate my life sometimes.

#23 Posted by Demoskinos (15013 posts) -

@49th: Do you have theme music as well?

#24 Posted by 49th (2783 posts) -

@49th: Do you have theme music as well?

Unfortunately not, I should get on that. I have a few catchphrases though.

#25 Posted by Intro (1208 posts) -

Daily.

#26 Edited by Hunter5024 (5808 posts) -

I talk to myself because I imagine it's more entertaining for the people who are secretly watching my life on tv, like in The Truman Show. It's not crazy at all.

#27 Posted by jimmyfenix (3858 posts) -

Yes you are the only person in the world who does this.

No he isn't.

Quiet you.

#28 Posted by NMC2008 (1237 posts) -

I sure do........... or do I just speak out loud to myself like "what the fuck is this bullshit!?" or "I wonder if this porno has Mark Wood in it, if so I will skip".

#29 Posted by super2j (1733 posts) -

I blame 90's spiderman. He did it so I started too, now its impossible to stop.

#30 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1621 posts) -

Abso-frutly

#31 Posted by Dethfish (3686 posts) -

I have to because no one else will talk to me

#32 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Of course. It takes two people to be this egotistical.

#33 Posted by Itwongo (1217 posts) -

Oh yeah.

#34 Posted by crimsinf (145 posts) -

I had to consciously stop myself from doing this exact thing while taking tests in math and engineering classes back during college. I find that talking through a problem out loud helps me make sure that all of the relevant details are considered.

#35 Posted by Carlos1408 (1526 posts) -

I do but a vast majority of the time it's in my head. I think the only times these thought processes have manifested themselves out loud have been when they are particularly intense and methodical and on occasion when I'm very stressed out.

#36 Posted by MOAB (410 posts) -

Yes, I do. It's weird, but I enjoy my company. :3

#37 Posted by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

I talk to myself all the damn time. Probably more than i talk to other people.

#38 Posted by Shaunage (715 posts) -

I do this a lot. I bet it would look really weird from the outside, but it's just a thing I do almost constantly.

#39 Edited by MistaSparkle (2148 posts) -

I talk, sing, and make dumb noises to myself constantly and I love it. And when I play video games alone I will usually talk out loud as though I am the voice inside my character's head. I prefer that to silence any day.

#40 Posted by thevigilanteoflove (507 posts) -

I talk to myself all the time in my car, usually just trying to work stuff out or think about what I'm going to say to somebody later.

#41 Posted by MocBucket62 (1245 posts) -

I talk to myself, but never in front of anyone. I'll talk to myself whenever I'm alone feel stressed and need to calm down. You're not alone by any means.

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#42 Posted by StarvingGamer (8375 posts) -

Only when writing dialogue.

#43 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3196 posts) -

In the car sometimes.

#44 Posted by PeezMachine (241 posts) -

Yep. Any time I have to manage complex tasks with lots of moving parts (writing comic books, playing games, planning my day) I'll talk it out. My dad would always give my mom a hard time about it, since she's the same way, but clearly it gets results - she can manage complex systems way better than his silent self can.

#45 Posted by JasonR86 (9742 posts) -

I think to myself. So I suppose?

#46 Posted by geirr (2637 posts) -

Oh yes. Especially if I'm frustrated with inanimate objects. Like if vacuuming and the cord drags a lamp along by accident, or if say I open a can of soda/beer/whatever and it happens to explode all over me.

#47 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

That's pretty much what I use this forum for.

#48 Posted by Nev (556 posts) -

Yep, all the time.

#49 Posted by TruthTellah (9311 posts) -

Sure I do.

I've got to have -some- intelligent conversation, right?

/jk

#50 Edited by Capum15 (4930 posts) -

Yep, I do it for pretty much the same exact reason you do. It's just the easiest way for me to sort out my thoughts, helps me think straight.

I tend to do this sometimes. Not a lot, but enough to notice.

And when I play video games alone I will usually talk out loud as though I am the voice inside my character's head.

Okay I do that relatively often. It's usually very sarcastic.