Understanding the Voices in Our Heads

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Psychologists are only just beginning to study that voice in your head that narrates your thoughts, and it's more complicated than you probably realize.
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  1. nickneimha
    6 orë më parë

    Anyone else getting distracted by those reflective buttons...?

  2. Jevinphone3 Robertson
    Jevinphone3 Robertson
    12 orë më parë

    If you don't have an inner monolog then you're a part of the simulation. Change my mind.

  3. Jack Hayward
    Jack Hayward
    Ditë më parë

    thats crazy, i never even considered other people have different experiences. its mad to read these comments on how different people have less or more of a voice, how and when the voices come out, even some people "hearing" their voice in pictures. the more i think about my own inner monologue voice the less i understand it...

  4. Christine Kaye
    Christine Kaye
    Ditë më parë

    I'd bet all writers have inner voices. I started making up mental stories at a very young age. As an adult, I would work out stories in my head, including dialog. After realizing I had some problems recalling exact phrasing, I tried speaking the dialog and some "stage directions" into a tape recorder. Playing it back was so much fun! Each character had a distinct voice, and none of them were mine. It really helped when it came time to actually write the story.

  5. TheSharungo
    Ditë më parë

    That's funny, me and a friend had an argument about this exact subject recently. We were watching a movie, and I commented how I thought the concept of the main character's "inner monologue" was weird to me, basically inner speech was just strange to me, and he couldn't believe that I didn't have one: I think in colors, shapes, ideas but not in words, unless I read them which is the only exception, while apparently he always talks to himself in his mind (which sounded insane to me). Huh the more you learn..

  6. Brass Tolken
    Brass Tolken
    2 ditë më parë

    As someone that has a small paranoia of it. No. Stop. Scary. Purely no privacy. Bad idea. Put the neurology machine down Elon.

  7. A Bourret
    A Bourret
    2 ditë më parë

    I talk to myself all the time in my head XD it can also change voices sometimes. It can also trigger joy, sadness, or even anger lol It's like I'm talking to myself all the time

  8. dmcdevils
    2 ditë më parë

    wait.... so you are telling me that not everyone does this thing that ive been doing since childhood xD No way there are people who dont do it, I think similar to that 2021 question that got popular "do you see an apple in your head" question. I believe everyone does it but not everyone relies on it , so the frequency of its usage, application, and the inevitable tricks you discover varies from person to person. Based on my own self test and asking few others, my finding goes like this happens based on how you grew up , basically your locality, community, and all those factors that affects your understanding of the worlds functionality as a kid. I originally used inner monologue only to bounce my ideas back and forth based on a foundation (set of rules) that ive build up for years. Each new content (info) i get is challenged back and forth before accepting it, but also every content is bounced around until its negative and positive natures gets evenly matched out. It goes a bit more complex than that, but my approach to balancing (finding equal amount) positive and negative side on everything was only adopted as I started socializing and sharing ideas with other people who has their own takes of a concept. People tend to usually talk subjectively and not objectively, and if I've never experienced that concept and can only access it from that one person, then having an inner monologue is what I use to broaden and filter the understanding of that concept, to find its objective nature.

  9. Jason Crittenden
    Jason Crittenden
    3 ditë më parë

    I can both hear voice sounds and see pictures in my head. And on top of that I have multiple thoughts happening at once most of the time

  10. Vanima Permai
    Vanima Permai
    4 ditë më parë

    I have no inner monologue it sucks I have to whisper very quietly under my breath Any one around me with good hearing can hear all my thoughts It sucks

  11. Chrissi H
    Chrissi H
    4 ditë më parë

    Unless I really need to think something through (writing, planning, some problem-solving, etc) I notice that a lot of my "inner speech" is just a word or two, accompanied by an image or small clip related to that thought. Like, instead of thinking, "I'm feeling hungry, I think I'll go to my fridge and see if there are any of those cupcakes left," it's just, "Hungry! Cupcake?" with the mental image of me opening the fridge door, locating the cupcake box, and maybe a memory of eating a cupcake earlier that day and how I felt about it, haha

  12. Daniel Schlauger
    Daniel Schlauger
    4 ditë më parë

    I'm constantly talking to myself. Have arguments with others in my head so I don't have to have them in real life, do a stand-up routines that put Sarah Silverman to shame and say the perfect thing to comfort and calm. Unfortunately, it only works in my head, much like this post. It sounded so much better before I wrote it down.

  13. none-of your business
    none-of your business
    5 ditë më parë

    I love this but they could have done some research on long-term meditators to answer some of those questions at the end. Yes, you can change your internal monologue and dialogue between different aspects of yourself. Yes, you can create different versions of yourself in those internal monologue that help you solve longer more complex problems. Self hypnosis is using the internal separation. But not least, there is a trade-off for changing the internal monologue. You become a different person and depending on how you focus those conversations and change internal sense of reality you may not know exactly who you become. Some habits can be quite healthy. some not so. When you start tinkering with your internal State and slowly become a different person you have to be careful how you shift the dial. This stuff is not that unknown to people who focus on internal self-awareness practices. They are a long allegory of stories of people who have been meditating for long periods of time losing their sense of self and even losing a sense of being separate from the world from the change and their internal dialogue that they choose to create. A long time practicing Buddhist or a long-term trans meditation expert may have helped him understand some of the internal experiences a person receives practice. And some of the research on long-term meditation that been better structured is helping but we still need far more research. And a lot of the research done has not been well constructed or peer-reviewed.. This was wonderful.

  14. FrostyWolf
    5 ditë më parë

    I normally use my “inner speech” anytime I do anything, unless I am doing something subconsciously I am commentating on it with my inner speech. I also do it with other peoples voices. If I am imagining a conversation with someone I’ll use my voice for me and their voice for them

  15. María Luz Aparicio
    María Luz Aparicio
    6 ditë më parë

    Minute 2:40 hit me like a runaway car, it really does so that

  16. Maddie Joy
    Maddie Joy
    6 ditë më parë

    My inner speech never freaking shuts up.

  17. Andrew McClain
    Andrew McClain
    7 ditë më parë

    My Inner thought/voice is very judgmental however sometimes insightful and surprisingly witty.

  18. Brittany Rose
    Brittany Rose
    7 ditë më parë

    For me, I can have full on conversations with people I know IRL in my head. I usually only do this when I am playing out a conversation we had or plan to have or one I wish we had. Lol I can hear my voice and those I'm having the conversation with. It's weird lol

    1. ceyific
      4 ditë më parë

      omg same !!

  19. VanZe
    7 ditë më parë

    Well my inner speech in my own voice is the loudest when I'm grocery shopping alone. Then I have to process so much, "Where is this and that, what do I need, where am I, are these bananas better than these" etc. xD So it gets louder and more intense when I must be highly concentrated, but not always. I have (most of the time) no inner speech at all when I'm drawing (most likely because then, only the region in my brain for visual thinking is the most active or something.). Also, I could have inner dialogues anytime if I wanted to, this works with any other voice that I heared speaking a lot, so that as many words as possible in that voice are saved in my head. Allllso, I can speak fine in my dreams, I even spoke english well in my dreams before, it isn't even my native language. :D

  20. something that exists
    something that exists
    7 ditë më parë

    sometimes i call me I but sometimes i call me you¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  21. Suzanna x
    Suzanna x
    8 ditë më parë

    Inner dialogue is always going when I'm talking, I'll think about what I'm talking about but then randomly say words I'm not thinking at all, because I've got tourettes.

  22. Cole Goulet
    Cole Goulet
    8 ditë më parë

    Wait so that's probably why those speech jammer apps work

  23. Immudzen
    8 ditë më parë

    This was really interesting. Most of the time I have no inner speach at all and nothing like a running commentary ever but I can think in words (but no voice to them). When I am trying to debug something really complex I will have a kind of internal conversation on what the problem might be as I look at different options but it is not any kind of audio thing. Most of the time I am just doing without words in my head.

  24. Dean
    8 ditë më parë

    I started using or maybe being more aware that I use inner monolog pretty much all the time. Now that I moved to a country where it is yet very difficult for me to converse fluently in hebrew I tend to talk in my head all more as no 1 is really around me to listen

  25. Randy Domínguez
    Randy Domínguez
    8 ditë më parë

    At some point i used to speak in my head. Now i straight up have arguments with myself out loud.

  26. VHS Films
    VHS Films
    9 ditë më parë

    How do I turn it off though?

  27. Thomas takes a toll for the dark
    Thomas takes a toll for the dark
    10 ditë më parë

    At this point i mainly just refer to myself as a we when alone or even sometimes when talking to someone else.. Much easier. Never have that urge to do it when I'm trying tho

  28. 新 二七部隊Si vis pacem para bellum
    新 二七部隊Si vis pacem para bellum
    10 ditë më parë

    So, not a full dialogue right?

  29. Lee Banning
    Lee Banning
    10 ditë më parë

    I thought this would be about schizophrenia. What happens when your inner speech has different voices?

  30. TheLazyPotato vkWater
    TheLazyPotato vkWater
    10 ditë më parë

    I wonder how this compares with normal people, psychopaths, sociopaths, and empaths? only because he said "the same areas [in the brain] are activated during internal dialogic speech [as when] a persons thinking about someone else's experience and perspective" (7:33 in vid)

  31. Kit Marcos
    Kit Marcos
    11 ditë më parë

    It’s also cool how language plays a part in inner monologue. My mom told me that after twenty years of living in America, she still struggles with speaking English from time to time because she visualizes things in Cebuano and has her inner monologues in Tagalog. She then has to process her speech in English to explain it to me. It’s a good thing that I can communicate in Tagalog, I suppose. I think people who can speak more than one language have very flexible inner monologues

  32. KT Thrasher
    KT Thrasher
    11 ditë më parë

    One time my sister yelled at me, “Stop being so mean to my sister!!!” I’m her only sister.

  33. tegy140
    11 ditë më parë

    No I definitely usually hear my thoughts talk to myself in my head and yes it sounds like me

  34. Rin
    12 ditë më parë

    1:57: "like, can you change your inner monologue" um.. yes.. "can you train yourself to think in conversations" well i can "or to hear other voices or your own more often" oh my god yes. yes you can, you can hear inner monologue, or at least i can, in any flavor in any accent, voice or even sound. it doesn't have to be words even. it can be sounds. music stuck in your head much? okay just because of this i'm making my inner dialogue hank greens voice now. hank will be speaking inside my head for the foreseeable future. enjoy that knowledge.

  35. Rin
    12 ditë më parë

    9:40 easy explanation here. inner speech may be more often used as a coping mechanism, and appear at times it's needed in negative emotional states to process and cope. therefore, when using it, people may be more likely to feel unhappy, or less likely to specifically feel happy.

  36. Rin
    12 ditë më parë

    1:57 okay this is incredibly interesting to me. not only do i read every word in my head simultaneously as saying it in my head, i also do that with typing. i hear the words. very clearly actually. and more than that, i actually FEEL what it would feel like for my mouth to make those sounds when i say them, even when i say them in other peoples voices. though that last bit doesn't translate well into actually being able to make those sounds. i never would have guessed that some people only repeat one word in a passage every so often. i can't imagine what that's like.. I wonder if this feature had any influence with my writing ability. i do tend to write well when i do so..

  37. Akshay Singh Jamwal
    Akshay Singh Jamwal
    12 ditë më parë

    Monologue? Nope. Dialogue. Definitely dialogue.

  38. Shikher Srivastava
    Shikher Srivastava
    12 ditë më parë

    there was a time in my life where, in my inner speech, I used refer to myself as 'you'. like 'you shouldnt have said that to her'. Now I say I.

  39. Emji Amsdaughter
    Emji Amsdaughter
    12 ditë më parë

    I use inner speech when I think. I think in words, not pictures. This makes me wonder what it's like in the mind of someone who is deaf and has never heard a spoken voice. Do you all think in pictures?. I have a heard time imagining NOT forming full sentences in my head with my own voice.

  40. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson
    13 ditë më parë

    So apparently im the only one that creates entire stories throughout the day without reading

  41. Amore
    13 ditë më parë

    If someone could hear my inner speech they would probably think I'm crazy...

  42. Eska rinka
    Eska rinka
    14 ditë më parë

    I don´t know but I missed in the video what I think is a basic purpose of inner speech, which I think is a blueprint in order to learn a language and practicing it in your head. I don´t believe it is possible for anyone to really don´t have it, if they can speak. If they don´t, then it is a mystery for me, how they learn to speak. And language is very important to our thinking. There are nations which can´t actually see some colors because they don´t have a word for it, which means thoughts are connected to language quite strongly. I don´t know how others, but when I write this I also feel a blueprint in my head for the words in my head. I don´t hear a voice or anything, but I can feel the words, the blueprint is activated for (bad - haha) English. Any language I would like to use, I have to switch to another blueprint, I can sometimes pull a word without switching in languages and if I for example speak with an Italian which talks to me in English and would be switching in Czech then I would have problems in order too keep one patter if I could not switch without knowing the feel of the pattern between those languages which is locked somewhere in my inner speech. I think it is important to keep my inner speech in order to check back, for example that the languages I am using, is from the correct pattern. It is quite interesting for me to hear that there are people who don´t use inner speech at all. I would be interesting to read in the comments how they check what languages they are using without having these inner feelings - inner speech in their head. :-)

  43. Sara Leticia
    Sara Leticia
    14 ditë më parë

    My inner voice tells me when I'm starting to forget things... Is it odd? LOL.

  44. Hailey A
    Hailey A
    14 ditë më parë

    So there’s my voice and what I call my brains voice in my head. We argue quite a lot and it can be very annoying and rude sometimes. Sometimes my thoughts confuse me and for some reason I can’t understand what I’m trying to think. The best way for me to figure it out is to say it out loud to myself or just mouth the words and I can make complete thoughts. Brains are so strange sometimes

  45. *looks around*
    *looks around*
    14 ditë më parë

    i used to comment everything that happened around me as if it was a book, like if someone said sth i'd add a "they said" at the end and describe their facial expression 😭 now i mostly play music in my head...or prevent myself from having a mental breakdown 🙏

  46. Vera Mae
    Vera Mae
    14 ditë më parë

    I tell myself stories. I've done it as long as I can remember, and many main characters are the same. Retired librarian

  47. Zanodia
    14 ditë më parë

    This video explains what I experience almost every waking moment and when I'm sleeping. I guess that it's nice to know that other people experience it too.

    1. Zanodia
      14 ditë më parë

      I also want to mention that changing the pitch of the inner voice is as easy as thinking of it. It's scary how easy it can be.

  48. Woe
    14 ditë më parë

    Am I the only one constantly "internally" listening to music? It's like I'm singing, even if I'm making the sound of an instrument

  49. Matthew Shields
    Matthew Shields
    14 ditë më parë

    To me inner speech is about problem solving and my brain is always using inner speech. At times I even have multiple dialogues going on at once.

  50. Sky m
    Sky m
    14 ditë më parë

    Thanks. My life is in shambles now because I just discovered my mom doesn't have an inner dialogue.

  51. Laura Palay
    Laura Palay
    15 ditë më parë

    Oh man. I do this plenty. My inner voice is speaking along as I type this. It comments as I watch things. It's very critical of me. And when I say "it," I should clarify that "it" is "me" since it's my voice - I am the one speaking, but in my head. And I often engage in conversations with others in my head. Most often with fictional characters but sometimes with people I know (most often my spouse) - though the trouble with having conversations in my head with real people is that I forget if I've talked to them about a subject for real or not. I'm always having to ask my husband, "Did I tell you this already or did I just tell you it in my head?"

  52. Gage Baumgard
    Gage Baumgard
    15 ditë më parë

    What? 100% of the time I have an inner monologue going. It even uses proper punctuation. If I wasn't experiencing it, I have no idea what thinking would even be.

  53. Past the rocks
    Past the rocks
    15 ditë më parë

    There are many forms of inner associations and they can be practiced.

  54. Lindsay Page
    Lindsay Page
    15 ditë më parë

    Your inner speech I believe is God. The essence of which we are all born with. The start. the end. The ever present moral compass. God cannot make you change, but can point out the truth which you may like or not? The evil eye is within as it sees all evil or wrong doing from within. To be at peace with the voices in your head, you need to be introspective to reveal the answers. #JacobReesMogg As a man of God, what is your opinion of my the theory? Or maybe you first should get an opinion from your Nanny.

  55. Sierra Alice
    Sierra Alice
    15 ditë më parë

    My inner speech is like a critical cool mom. Like we vibe, but she has a mean streak, but she helps me solve problems, and come up with jokes

  56. mrboutsky
    15 ditë më parë

    My inner speech is usually in a different language. I speak Dutch but my inner speech is mostly English.

  57. Mc PHp
    Mc PHp
    16 ditë më parë

    When I hear an accent enough my inner voice takes it, I’m scottish but currently my mind is Ricky from trailer park boys

  58. animal girl
    animal girl
    16 ditë më parë

    "you recite the words in your head AS you say them aloud" that ain't how it works with me i recite the words in my head BEFORE I say them aloud basically like I'm choosing dialogue options

  59. Syarif Al Daood
    Syarif Al Daood
    16 ditë më parë

    I can see inner speach and i can touch it, it must not be real

  60. arshia abdi
    arshia abdi
    16 ditë më parë

    Oh one cool thing that happened to me is that my inner speech changed from English to Farsi when I visited Iran for a couple months but it changed back quickly once I came back

  61. isaiah mountford
    isaiah mountford
    17 ditë më parë

    Mine never shuts up ever, there is at least 2 things / voices talking at all times. In all honesty, it feels like im inside my thought physically most of the time. Kinda weird

  62. Simony Ribeiro
    Simony Ribeiro
    17 ditë më parë

    I have more than one person abd voices in my head. Sometimes they help me.

  63. Kate Skate
    Kate Skate
    17 ditë më parë

    I have a brain injury and my inner speech has changed drastically. Before, it was pretty normal compared to my friends. Now it's constant. And I also actually speak the inner voice out loud a lot as I'm going about my day. I'm not aware I actually speak out loud until someone says "What did you say?" or "You're talking to yourself". Embarrassing.

  64. Paul Hayden
    Paul Hayden
    17 ditë më parë

    I have multiple personalities (about 30 or so in all)- my head is often a very busy and noisy place. I am never alone and always have others to talk to. Most of the time my personalities are not very nice or helpful. When I was very little I thought everyone had voices in their heads. I was in kindergarten when I learned the truth. I also have childhood Schizophrenia which created voices outside my head (as someone was talking to me).

  65. Mr. Chü
    Mr. Chü
    17 ditë më parë

    I hear many voices in my head.

  66. Speedj2
    17 ditë më parë

    I have Tourette's syndrome, and my verbal tics translate to my inner speech as well. but i've never really explained that to anyone because i didnt even know where to begin to explain it. my breathing tics usually coincide with verbal tics, but they also coincide with inner speech verbal tics even if i'm not talking. so i still get the breathing tics even when im only talking in my head. I wonder if other people with Tourette's have experienced this

  67. lazy pea
    lazy pea
    17 ditë më parë

    Is it common to play songs in your head? Like choosing which one you want to listen to then playing it over and over?

  68. Siytlinth
    17 ditë më parë

    My entire thought process, problem solving, and daily life, is based on "inner voice" , I can't understand how an individual would be able to function in a way not regularly utilizing internalized language, let alone how that thought process would work. You really pulled me for a trip this time man. I might be one of the "rare" ones on the inner voice side that mainly uses inner voice processing, but reading through the comments, I see a lot of people leaning heavily on the inner voice side, I think there might be an issue with the study groups if there's less inner voice types than more inner voice types, or maybe it's more likely inner voice types would end up in this comment section due to psychological reasons? lol

  69. A v
    A v
    18 ditë më parë

    Strange to hear some people dont do this, sometimes i forget that im not actually speaking aloud

  70. Xeno Watashi
    Xeno Watashi
    18 ditë më parë

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of the few movies I can heavily relate to due to the characters imagination. His thought process and making up scenes is how I work in weird way. Sometimes it’s annoying because of how much it happens. And depending on what I see will encourage what plays in my head. Though it is nice when I am bored cause sometimes it’s like t.v cause it gives me something to watch.

  71. Christian G
    Christian G
    18 ditë më parë

    If he just could shut up when I want to sleep would be great. But he never listens to me

  72. CoshHera exe
    CoshHera exe
    18 ditë më parë

    this might be weird but mine is always imagined interactions almost all of the time the people that im 'talking' to are also always character from my current special interest since i had autism. For example if im drawing ill be thinking about how each character would be commenting on it, pointing out flaws to fix, etc. If my special interest doesnt include characters, for example once it was literally computer viruses, i find it really hard to sort through my thoughts and do tasks. I'm not a lonely person and i have a lot of friends so im certain this is just one of the things that comes with being nd lmao

  73. Gingeeta_Creecha
    18 ditë më parë

    When I get really stressed out I and how doing something called pallilalia. I’ll repeat things I just said under my breath, a soft whisper echoing things I said out loud. I feel like my inner thoughts are always talking. Sometimes I can change the voice to a voice of my choice instead of hearing my own.

  74. kultur vultur
    kultur vultur
    18 ditë më parë

    Did I say something out-loud?

  75. Kyler
    18 ditë më parë

    I normally have inner speach constantly other than when playing video games or in sports. Sometimes a few speakers at once from different view points

  76. VirgLibrSagLove
    19 ditë më parë

    Yes, I have inner speech pretty much always. I'm never aware of not having it. Yes, I can direct it, though I can't shut it off. For example, I made a point to not say anything negative to myself, including inner speech. And I'm learning French so I use my inner speech as an opportunity to translate as much of my thoughts as possible into French. Sometimes I say the words out loud. Particularly if it's in French because it reinforces the learning process. I also usually say my inner speech out loud if I'm solving a problem - when I'm alone, anyway. I can choose to keep my inner speech only inner if I choose to. It's just sometimes useful to say it out loud. Maybe that's why I never have writer's block or difficulty talking to strangers. All I have to do is choose to express some of the speech into written or spoken words. And filter for appropriateness. The speech is going to flow whether I choose to express it outwardly or not. So, expressing it is not difficult for me.

  77. Sem
    19 ditë më parë

    I dont use my phone for music when i cycle from place to place, i simply play a song in my head that i know the most rythms/lyrics of and keep replaying it untill i arrive at my destination

  78. devastated hamster
    devastated hamster
    19 ditë më parë

    I often talk to myself inside my head very fluently but i sometimes i have hard time taking it out as verbal speech because i think in different language than the ones i use to speak with people i met

  79. Maerahn
    19 ditë më parë

    **Me with OSDD listening along to try and figure out how other people talking inside your head works for 'normal' people. Still confused by the end of the video.**

  80. Eleanor Lumsden
    Eleanor Lumsden
    19 ditë më parë

    I have depression and have found that my inner speech is very connected to it, i often find my self self-hating

  81. Nakulan Kurmullam
    Nakulan Kurmullam
    19 ditë më parë

    Wait there are ppl who talk to themselves in their mind????

    1. lazy pea
      lazy pea
      17 ditë më parë

      Yeh, you might be more of a visual thinker (phantasia)

  82. Brynn
    19 ditë më parë

    I dont have this! :○

  83. A name Woah
    A name Woah
    20 ditë më parë

    I’m just here trying to see if I’m normal.

  84. Declan Brennan
    Declan Brennan
    20 ditë më parë

    First person monologue is one thing; but occasionally I've had a third person monologue while dreaming and it's rather unsettling. "He's walking happily down this corridor but little does he know what's arround the next corner. "

  85. B7th
    20 ditë më parë

    "I, frencher, learned (learnt?) second language (English) around 12 no wait 12 no wait 11 and moved to place where is the dominant place (Englishdom). I used to have short abbrev phrase and interaction family even as getting somewa fluent. Since moved, my whole thing is relatively kinda more complex phrase in mainly-mostly-general English, as if I planning what would said." By the way, this is the result of writing down my thoughts as they came.

  86. Strange Bird
    Strange Bird
    20 ditë më parë

    I remember reading in Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan books about how shutting off the inner monologue was an important part of the described mystical practice. In my experience with meditation, I have tried to go the same route: filling up my attention with non-verbal signals, from my body, from the outside, etc. And when verbal thoughts arise, to fill my attention back up with non-verbal content. Obviously, controlling your mind with your mind is hard, near impossible. But meditation like this can nevertheless lead to interesting experiences.

  87. MirageThaHustla
    20 ditë më parë

    Autism girl here. My inner dialogue NEVER shuts up, not even in my sleep. I have so much going on I blurt things out loud because I get overloaded or overwhelmed. Other words there's so much input there has to be an output. People with no inner speech are usually classified as sociopaths or psychopaths, and yes I'm qualified to speak on this because I have a degree in psychology.

  88. EMD
    20 ditë më parë

    Now that I think about it maybe "The voice in our head" is there to keep us company

  89. Ari
    20 ditë më parë

    this explains the soft voice podcast that I was literally listening too

  90. Christopher Quattro
    Christopher Quattro
    21 ditë më parë

    My brain doesn't shut up.

  91. Joseph McConnell
    Joseph McConnell
    21 ditë më parë

    Could you address this in the context of meditation/mindfulness practice? It seems like a large part of meditation is quieting this inner voice and distancing it from your sense of self. Also, the idea of "flow" seems to heavily involve the absence of this inner voice.

  92. MirAnimates
    21 ditë më parë

    I didn't know i was weird to not talk to myself in my head

  93. Hair Raising Words
    Hair Raising Words
    21 ditë më parë

    I have so many thoughts all the time I honestly can't stop it half the time

  94. Diego Benítez Salazar
    Diego Benítez Salazar
    21 ditë më parë

    Damn Google has been listening to my therapy sessions

  95. Scott Carroll
    Scott Carroll
    21 ditë më parë

    I would love to shut me up sometimes.

  96. Sayar Ganguly
    Sayar Ganguly
    21 ditë më parë

    Whaaaaat? My inner mind : Chill we’re weird I even discuss stuff with my self. Like this edit looks good or get to work and all

  97. fiddley
    21 ditë më parë

    Always found it weird that you need to have a conversation in your own head at all and that there isn’t some kind of shortcut. For example just envisioning the sentiment of your dialog rather than actually needing to use a sentence.

  98. monica solis
    monica solis
    21 ditë më parë

    I think talking to myself gave me depression. ps I wrote this b4 i got to the end part where he mentioned depression.

  99. julian cuascut
    julian cuascut
    21 ditë më parë

    omg i constantly talk to myself like for every little thing i think i have adhd

  100. Light being
    Light being
    21 ditë më parë

    You have two voices in your head (some people have more) one voice is you talking to your self the other voice sounds like you but it's not you it's the ego mind program that's connected to the aliens that use it to mind control you,,,,