Hello everyone. I have a rather odd question today. Everyone is familiar with the idea of ‘talking to oneself’ but I’ve never heard anyone define it. In that way, it seems to be similar to concepts such as ‘love’ or ‘God’. You can ask a thousand people for their definition, of the latter examples, and while most will struggle to encapsulate such a concept in words, the only consistency in definitions you’ll likely find is that they’re all different.
Last night I became aware that I was talking to myself and was surprised that I was doing so, more or less, literally. The part I found surprising was that I noticed that ‘present me’ was talking to ‘a past version of me’ whose belief about something was just shown to be untrue. ‘Present me’ began explaining that this is a pitfall of having beliefs and… I did not realize that ‘talking to myself’, for me, seems to entail a temporal aspect that I had not recognized before. Searching my memories, I found a number of other instances of talking to myself in which the temporal aspect was also present – and none in which it wasn’t. That doesn’t mean that I’m not experiencing selective memory; in fact, it likely doesn’t mean anything at all…but I am working on correcting some unskillful mental behaviors in myself and it may be more effective to address them in different ways if my way of talking to myself is anomalous.
So, I am curious to discover if this is a personal idiosyncrasy or a general human trend. Who are the parties involved in discussion when you talk to yourself?