The Inner Monologue: How Your Brain Talks To ItselfBy Martin B April 26, 2023
Have you ever caught yourself talking to yourself in your head? You might have wondered why you do it or even if it’s normal.
Well, the good news is that it’s completely normal and happens to most people. In fact, researchers have found that people can have up to 50,000 thoughts per day, and many of those thoughts are internal self-talk.
So, what exactly is this little voice in your head? Scientists call it “inner speech” or “inner monologue,” and it’s essentially the process of silently talking to yourself in your mind. Inner speech can take many different forms, including self-talk, rehearsing conversations, or even replaying a song in your head.
But why do we talk to ourselves in our heads?
One reason is that it can help us focus and stay on task. When we’re trying to complete a complex task, like solving a math problem or writing an essay, our inner speech can help us organize our thoughts and stay on track.
Inner speech can also be a way of regulating our emotions. When we’re feeling stressed or anxious, our inner speech can help us calm down and think more rationally. For example, telling yourself that “it’s going to be okay” can help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed.
Interestingly, researchers have found that the language we use in our inner speech can affect our behavior and mood. If we use negative self-talk, like “I’m so stupid” or “I’ll never be able to do this,” it can actually make us feel more anxious or depressed.
On the other hand, using positive self-talk, like “I can do this” or “I’m capable and strong,” can help us feel more confident and motivated.
The little voice in your head is completely normal. So the next time you catch yourself talking to yourself in your head, know that it’s just your inner speech doing its job.