Are You Weirded Out To Discover That Some People Don’t Have An Internal Monologue?

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Which camp do you belong to? The one that hears voices in their head? Or the one that has non-verbal abstract thoughts?

An internal monologue, also called self-talk, inner speech, inner discourse or internal discourse, is a person’s inner voice that provides a running verbal monologue of thoughts while they are conscious. It is usually tied to a person’s sense of self. It is particularly important in planning, problem-solving, self-reflection, self-image, critical thinking, emotions, and subvocalization (reading in one’s head). As a result, it is relevant to a number of mental disorders, such as depression, and treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy which seek to alleviate symptoms by providing strategies to regulate cognitive behavior. It may reflect both conscious and subconscious beliefs.

In contrast, non-verbal abstract thoughts seemingly just emerge? Ask your friends how they think. You might be surprised at how different we all are.

Would you be surprised that people are completely unaware that people don’t all think the same?