September 17, 2015 – Go Ahead, Talk to Yourself. (It’s Good For You!)
Talking to yourself is often thought of as something only children or crazy people do, but research shows that engaging in a little self-conversation as an adult isn’t only completely normal — it’s good for you.
Talking to yourself, both in your head and out loud, is quite common, with many people reporting they talk to themselves on an almost-hourly basis.
Such self-directed speech is common in children, who often narrate tasks as they perform them. For example, a child learning to tie his shoes may recite, “Over, under, pull it tight. Make a bow, pull it through to do it right.”
This self-talk helps children stay on task and it guides their actions so they can master the job at hand. The same is true for adults.