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I talk to myself in my head...

In fact, I do it quite often. Sometimes I replay conversations that I've already had, thinking of ways I could have responded better, and sometimes I rehearse future conversations that I would like to have, or anticipate having, trying to find the best words to use. Assuming I might even get the chance to say them. Sometimes I even rehearse future forum postings in my head while I'm at the grocery store or sitting in class.

I've done this ever since I was a kid and maybe it's because I was a loner and didn't have many friends to talk to when I was young, but seriously... I now fully understand why people talk to themselves on park benches. Several times at the bus stop now I have caught myself having these conversations 'out loud' and even with hand gestures. Sometimes I think that maybe it's because I'm a writer at heart and always thinking of dialogue in my head.

But other times... it scares me and I think maybe I am just crazy.

Anyone else do this?
 

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Yes.


I was an only child, so it's a habit that has carried on into adulthood. I also generally work alone, so that doesn't help anything. I can't concentrate on anything without having a running commentary in my head about what I am doing or need to get done.
 

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I do this a lot too. Unless I'm talking to someone I think I'm "in my head" more than I'm in the real world. I'll replay conversations, think about what I'm going to say to someone, think about what I should have said, or sometimes I'll just think about scenes from movies or tv shows. I try not say anything out-loud when I'm thinking to myself, but I've noticed that sometimes I'll whisper or talk quietly. I'll also make some gestures if I'm a little too caught up in it. I've had people call me on it, and I always get pretty embarrassed. I try not to act this way in public, but there have been times when I've smiled or kind of laughed at something I was thinking about....and it really seems to weird some people out. I've had people look at me like I was crazy even after I explained that I was just thinking about something funny. I guess some people just don't do it at all... I've always been this way though.

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Sometimes I think that maybe it's because I'm a writer at heart and always thinking of dialogue in my head.
Same here. I even used to walk around the playground alone and just think about stories I wanted to write.

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I was an only child, so it's a habit that has carried on into adulthood.
For me I think it's more of a personality trait because I have siblings. My younger brother does a lot of daydreaming as well, but I don't think my older one does.
 

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Do you think it's a sign of mental illness, or a positive attribute?
I see it as a personality type, maybe one of the rarer ones. It just means you're more introspective, imaginative, and you like to have things planned out. I'm not impulsive at all, so I like to think about things for awhile before I act.

I definitely don't see it as an illness.
 

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I talk to myself in my head, out loud, (hell, I am the only one who listens to what I say) second guess myself and have arguments with myself. I think this stems from being pretty much a loner most of my life and not having anyone to talk to. I murder to myself with people around and they are like what I have to respond nothing just talking to myself.
 

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I talk to myself in my head, out loud, (hell, I am the only one who listens to what I say) second guess myself and have arguments with myself. I think this stems from being pretty much a loner most of my life and not having anyone to talk to. I murder to myself with people around and they are like what I have to respond nothing just talking to myself.
Dexter, is that you?
 

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Honestly SS yeah I'm a bit worried about that. I don't know may people in real life who do what I do.
As long as you have control over your internal voice and knows its you, you should be fine. When you lose control... thats when you become schizo.
 

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So long as it doesn't start tell you to hurt people
But just to be safe, can you delete my number from your cellphone?

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Isn't this called thinking? My brain never shuts the **** up.
Same here... If I have an argument with somebody, or even an extremely good day, I'll sit in bed trying to go to sleep and I keep re-running over the day. Sometimes I have to turn the tv on just to shut my brain up
 

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I too, don't think this is unusual in any way. In fact, I think it's just part of the human experience. Even the munchkins I work with (all under age 5) will replay conversations in their head (or sometimes out loud).
 

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As long as you have control over your internal voice and knows its you, you should be fine. When you lose control... thats when you become schizo.
Yea, I think as long as you know you're talking to yourself (and not some random voice) there's no harm in it. It might be sort of unusual, but that doesn't make a person crazy.

Anyway, don't they say the truly crazy don't know that they're crazy.
 
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