You might be here because you or someone close to you might be talking to themselves in a loud voice, not just in the head or under the breath.
This is a pretty much normal thing, and there is no need to worry about it. But sometimes, it can be something to worry about as well. Let’s see the reasons for talking to yourself and when it is time to be cautious.
It is a pretty common habit of childhood that passes onto adult life easily. If you are worried about what others might think of you talking to yourself at work or a shop, you should stop worrying because it is a pretty common thing to do, and it can benefit you in many ways.
Research says that if you lose something and try to find it by muttering its name continuously, for example, “my car keys, my car keys.” it would help you find it out more quickly than just thinking about it. In this way, you remind your brain what you want, enabling you to imagine it and notice skillfully.
Talking to yourself helps you stay focussed and on track. If you’re doing something which is getting frustrating for you, you can complete that work by reminding yourself that you’re nearly there and you’re doing it all on your own, and you can do it. In this way, you will give yourself confidence and the motivation to complete what you started, even if there is no one else to back you up. Your brain would listen to your noise and help you focus, and give you solutions for the situation.
It would help you explore your feelings which are too difficult for you to share with anyone. But if you try talking to yourself about them, you will unpack that burden and separate it from exaggerated worries to genuine concerns.
Saying these things out loud and hearing them can keep you focussed on reality and make you less upset. There are plenty of unwanted thoughts in our minds, but we understand how little they were when we talk them out.
Talking to yourself is a powerful tool that you might have understood by now; it is perfect for your mental health and cognitive functions. But it is better to use this tool correctly to make the most out of it.
So what can you do?
You can talk to yourself through positive words. Don’t blame yourself continuously or harshly speak to yourself. This will only shatter your confidence and cause you mental damage. Try saying positive things to yourself, appreciate yourself, and praise your efforts. Ask yourself questions when you’re trying to find ways out of any solution or learning something.
You only need to worry about talking to yourself when you hear other voices and reply to them or have hallucinations; you need to consult a therapist quickly.
Do you talk to yourself? Let us know in the comments.
Until Next Time,
Team Doctor ASKY!