“Keys. Keys,” you mumble while trying to remember where the heck your car keys are.
Suddenly, you spot them.
Is it possible that talking aloud about the keys helped you to find them? Or when you’re mentally working through different scenarios, going through them out loud can help you focus.
Recently experts have been learning more about “self-talk” and how people use it to their advantage. The good news? Our running monologues are absolutely normal.
“When I think about self-talk, it can be done silently or out loud. We all have silent conversations with ourselves and some times those conversations end up spilling out and happening out loud,” says Ethan Kross, director of the Emotion and Self-Control Lab at the University of Michigan.