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Its normal to have internal dialogue, including conversations and 'positive encouragement' going on inside your head.<br>
Its when the voice turns negative on you (tells you that you are incapable and useless) that it becomes a problem as it leads to decreased self esteem, lack of confidence etc.<br><br>
The voice can also be a problem if it is inflexible and controlling... it tells you you 'must' do something... this doesn't necessarily have to be telling you to kill someone, but that you must do things in a certain order, pattern, etc. (this information is to the best of my knowledge, I'm not expert though).
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Wednesday_12</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2919055"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Its normal to have internal dialogue, including conversations and 'positive encouragement' going on inside your head.<br>
Its when the voice turns negative on you (tells you that you are incapable and useless) that it becomes a problem as it leads to decreased self esteem, lack of confidence etc.<br><br>
The voice can also be a problem if it is inflexible and controlling... it tells you you 'must' do something... this doesn't necessarily have to be telling you to kill someone, but that you must do things in a certain order, pattern, etc. (this information is to the best of my knowledge, I'm not expert though).</div>
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What you described sounds like me exactly. I have LONG conversations with myself when I'm cooking, in the shower or when I'm swimming. It's pretty normal I'm sure. My mum is worse than me, she talks to herslef too but she's very annimated and her face is full of expressions and she whispers and her lips move and she looks like a deer caught in headlights when someone walks into the room. Hhhaha <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br>
It's normal and I'm sure it's pretty healthy to have conversaitons with yourself. As long as it's not telling you to do strange things like kill people and constantly telling you that there are people out there to get you, you're fine. Relax, we all talk to ourselves here<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Wednesday_12</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2919055"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Its normal to have internal dialogue, including conversations and 'positive encouragement' going on inside your head.<br>
Its when the voice turns negative on you (tells you that you are incapable and useless) that it becomes a problem as it leads to decreased self esteem, lack of confidence etc.<br><br>
The voice can also be a problem if it is inflexible and controlling... it tells you you 'must' do something... this doesn't necessarily have to be telling you to kill someone, but that you must do things in a certain order, pattern, etc. (this information is to the best of my knowledge, I'm not expert though).</div>
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Never obey the voice inside your head if it tells you to do crazy things. Unless it tells you to build a baseball field. For the love of God, just make the baseball field.
 

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Well I'm going to come off weird here (& that's saying something since this is a thread about talking to yourself in your own head) but I talk to myself, ask my own advice, talk through problems with myself [all out loud] etc. I also run hypothetical situations- anything from falling out with someone I would never fall out with, or having something ridiculous happen, or making up with people I've fallen out with, or being in relationships with friends that I would never date... & sometimes if I'm having a rough time with someone I'll rant and rave and argue with an invisible version of them just to let out steam & come to clarity. At the end of an argument I feel like I can see clearly what I'm mad about & I can start thinking of ways to solve problems instead of just feeling like I want to be a childish angry dickish mother****er.<br>
It's almost like real life acting. I cry, laugh, yell... I'm totally comfortable with it. I know it stems from being a lonely child and having a huge imagination & loving acting. Occasionally I'll walk down the street and my constant inner monologue will get a little out of control & my face will spasm about until I realise (or a friend asks if I'm having a fit haha). Always done it, pretty much as soon as imaginary friendships stopped.
 

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Well I'm going to come off weird here (& that's saying something since this is a thread about talking to yourself in your own head) but I talk to myself, ask my own advice, talk through problems with myself [all out loud] etc. I also run hypothetical situations- anything from falling out with someone I would never fall out with, or having something ridiculous happen, or making up with people I've fallen out with, or being in relationships with friends that I would never date... & sometimes if I'm having a rough time with someone I'll rant and rave and argue with an invisible version of them just to let out steam & come to clarity. At the end of an argument I feel like I can see clearly what I'm mad about & I can start thinking of ways to solve problems instead of just feeling like I want to be a childish angry dickish mother****er.<br>
It's almost like real life acting. I cry, laugh, yell... I'm totally comfortable with it. I know it stems from being a lonely child and having a huge imagination & loving acting. Occasionally I'll walk down the street and my constant inner monologue will get a little out of control & my face will spasm about until I realise (or a friend asks if I'm having a fit haha). Always done it, pretty much as soon as imaginary friendships stopped.</div>
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I think this is what most of us mean, except in some cases not on as intense of a scale. I, for example, run through tons of hypothetical situations in my head similar to what you described, but they happen pretty fast and the most effect they have on anywhere outside of my head is maybe changing my facial expression.
 

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I think this is what most of us mean, except in some cases not on as intense of a scale. I, for example, run through tons of hypothetical situations in my head similar to what you described, but they happen pretty fast and the most effect they have on anywhere outside of my head is maybe changing my facial expression.</div>
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Yeah I've always been an introvert, but when I'm alone or with one of the few people I actually connect with I just say anything & everything. Plus I'm a "little-picture" person- that is I like to pick apart one particular part of a conversation or some particular phrase or witticism that I could have gotten off at some point during the day. I'm a dissector, I'll run one situation a dozen times. I think most people are probably more like you, which is what I meant by sounding weird: that they talk to themselves mainly only in their heads, & not verbally or with wild crazy-man eyes while they strap on the tin helmet for the day they are eventually abandoned on the moon by the spacemonkeys & need to avoid getting radiation poisoning.
 

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Ok, the really loud Bob Barker "COME ON DOWN !" inside my head, is starting to get to me. I need to know where exactly this "down" is, cause the voice just keeps repeating and so I first went down in the basement. nothing going on there. Went down the street. again nothing (a broken plastic chair sitting out for the trash, but I doubt that's what Bob wants me to find). Went downtown and got a parking ticket. He still won't stop. Australia maybe ?
 

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Never obey the voice inside your head if it tells you to do crazy things. Unless it tells you to build a baseball field. For the love of God, just make the baseball field.</div>
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Well...<i>if you build it, they will come</i>.
 

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Well...<i>if you build it, they will come</i>.</div>
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I know, right? It'll be a field of, like, dreams or something.
 

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Alright, I haven't read past the 1st page... but yeah, I do what you're describing all the time. I'm pretty sure it falls under the "normal" category. If it's a more heated or important conversation that I'm thinking about having (or a previous convo and how I could have changed it) then sometimes I will also get animated talking out loud, hand gestures and all. I always thought of it as though I was role-playing with myself. Helps me to step into the other person's shoes and see what they might be thinking.
 

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On a side note... yeah... I heard a "voice" once in my head that was totally not my own and it gave... we'll say... really bad "advice" and it scared the buhjeezus outta me! I think I got so freaked out that I actually scared it out of me. I'm not crazy anymore, I promise!
 

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I just laughed out loud. I was on the main page and it said "I talk to myself in my head... Last Post by wutawierdo". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br>
Anyways, I talk to myself in my head, too. When I'm bored, I have full conversations with myself in my head.
 

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I do this too. I even practice answering questions that I know will/might come up sometime about my views on things, a big one being veganism.
 

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Don't worry, I do it too, and I think everyone does. Unless I know only insane people :p
 
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