Is Talking to Yourself Crazy or Helpful?

Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 11 Comments
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If you see a man talking to himself on the street, that means he’s crazy, right? Well… not necessarily.

When kids or adults talk to themselves through difficult tasks, performance improves. So next time you tackle something new, go ahead and talk yourself through it. Hearing yourself say it becomes another form of input and helps you learn in multiple ways.


Same goes for the little ones in your life: in a study of preschoolers and private speech, kids were asked to do a task twice. Once they were encouraged to talk to themselves, while the other time they were asked to stay quiet. Performance was better when the kids talked themselves through tasks. Researchers concluded that teachers should allow and even encourage kids to talk to themselves during problem-solving.

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  1. I talk to myself when I need Expert Advice, and sometimes I have a group meeting with Me, Myself and I.

  2. I talk to myself all the time.

  3. Marc Green Marc Green says:

    Definitely a sign of stress and social anxiety.Maybe not crazy like Daffy duck but a little ill.

  4. Marc Green Marc Green says:

    Thinking out loud is ok in certain settings.

  5. Rob Thorn Rob Thorn says:

    It’s all iv got most days

  6. They say you’re crazy if you do,I know you’re crazy if you don’t. .. at least on occasion

  7. True. It is healthy to do that when we need it

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