People Who Think Out Loud Aren’t Crazy

· August 17, 2017

“Let’s see, after working, I need to go to the gym and go shopping… How am I going to get the time? Oh, and I need to remember to make dinner by 7″… Does this sound familiar to you? People who think out loud do this all the time.

You may be engrossed in this conversation with yourself while getting your mid-day coffee. Then, suddenly, one of your co-workers appears. They start to look at you weirdly and then they smile without saying anything, or they may make some funny remark.

Many people laugh at people who talk to themselves. They think that this is a rare thing that only odd people do. Or, they think that this is caused by some mental disorder.

However, history is full of geniuses that talk to themselves. Doesn’t it seem like this is a mistaken stereotype? Also, if you have ever tried it, you know that it helps you to make better decisions. But, why? Why isn’t it enough to think about it? Why do you need to hear it?

Maybe it’s in the last word. Perhaps “listening” is the key.

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People that think out loud hear their inner voice

How can this woman think with so many distractions?

When you go over something that worries you, sometimes, at the very least, something interesting happens.

Suddenly, your mind is filled with outside thoughts. From your family, your partner, your friends… Everyone has something to say and you feel like you’re losing your right to judge.

Usually, you ask yourself what’s happening to you. You may ask yourself, “what do I think?” And it’s then that people that talk to themselves find the perfect solution from within.

It’s not that you also care about it, but most likely you’re the only one who cares about it. Therefore, sometimes you need to tell yourself what you think. You should also tell yourself what ideas should influence you.

Thinking out loud lets you know what you want. It also helps you find the way to communicate it better. Also, it gives you the necessary security to defend yourself. It gives you determination when facing others and when carrying out your plan.

Also, it stimulates your imagination. The most creative people agree that their works are born from an inner and external dialog.

  • When this conversation happens out loud, its effectiveness multiplies. This is due to it being verbalized.
  • So, you can start with a question or an assertion. Then, keep questioning and moving forward in your search for answers.
  • This is the way that people can come up with different solutions.

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Painting of the brain thinking

Experts Gary Lupyan and Daniel Swingley developed a study that used 20 participants. They took them to a supermarket and asked them to find an apple and a loaf of bread.

  • They found that those who spoke the words out loud had the best results.
  • However, they also concluded that this only happens when the starting point is known.

Your brain can function better in this scenario. This is due to its ability to relate concepts is greater.

  • Also, they saw this as an effective tool for concentrating. When you think out loud, you can hear yourself. By hearing yourself, you can get rid of the distractions that surround you.

Therefore the decisions you make with this tool are more success oriented. Keep in mind, as mentioned earlier, you’re living what’s known. This is to find something that works better for you.

On this route, we can arrive at a conventional place or just the opposite. However, when you do it, you will know exactly what your path was up until that point. So, people who think out loud don’t show any kind of weakness.

Instead, they can process information both inside and out. They do this with a lot of concentration and the most self-awareness of what they can do. By doing so, they solidify their conclusions. At the same time, they can assure themselves that this may come from their own desires and not from other people’s expectations.

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