This article is republished with permission from our friends at Higher Perspective.
People tend to tease folks who talk to themselves as being weird or crazy, but that may not be the case. In a study published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Gary Lupya and Daniel Swigley, both psychologists, think talking to yourself is beneficial.
In their experiment, Swigley and Lupya gave 20 people the name of an object and were told to find it in a supermarket. During the first trial, participants were bound to silence.
In the second, they were told to repeat the name of the object until they found it. Naturally, the subjects not bound to silence found the items sooner than those bound to silence.
It’s not always that simple though.
“Speaking to yourself isn’t always helpful,” says Lupya. “If you don’t really know what an object looks like, saying its name can have no effect or actually slow you down. If, on the other hand, you know that bananas are yellow and have a particular shape, by saying banana, you’re activating these visual properties in the brain to help you find them.”
Basically, you can’t make sense of something without knowing what it is that you’re dealing with.
Another study found that “self-directed speech can help guide children’s behavior, with kids often taking themselves step-by-step through tasks such as tying their shoelaces, as if reminding themselves to focus on the job at hand.”
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Additionally, they found toddlers could be more focused on their tasks if they talked to themselves.
So maybe all the “crazies” out there who talk to themselves are onto something. People who talk to themselves….
They organize their thoughts better.
That’s right. Those who talk to themselves are better at organizing their thoughts and processing more than one thought at a time. They focus on saying their thoughts aloud in the hopes they can get a better grip on them. They actually have greater mental clarity as a result.
They have a better memory.
People who say things out loud to themselves are likely able to memorize and recall things better than those who don’t. It’s a way of reinforcing a thought inside of your brain.
Their brains are more efficient.
Some studies have indicated that talking to yourself helps you think quickly and with clarity. They found that when people talk to themselves at the store, they find what they need quicker than those who didn’t.
They achieve their goals.
People who talk to themselves, particularly about their goals, are more likely to achieve them than those who don’t. Saying it out loud helps create a laser-like focus on your goals and gets you closer to them.
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