Do you talk to yourself?
Most people talk to themselves every few days and many actually talk to themselves on an hourly basis. Why do people do this? What is the point? Research suggests that self-directed speech in children helps guide their behavior.
Franklin P. Jones once said “One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.” This is so true.
Reserachers also wanted to know if talking to yourself helps adults too.
In a recent study published in Quarteryly Journal of Experimental Psychology, experiments were conducted to discover if talking to yourself helps when searching for certain things.
In the first experiments, participants were shown 20 pictures of random objects and were asked to find a specific one. Some participants saw a text label telling them what object they should find. But, some participants were asked to search again while actually telling themselves what to search for. The people who spoke to themselves found the objects faster.
In another experiment, participants went on a virtual shopping spree, in which they just saw photos of items that are commonly found on supermarket sheaves. They were asked to find these items as quickly as possible.
This study literally explains my life. I can’t count how many times I tell myself out loud what I need to do. I have the worst memory but when I tell myself the same things over and over again, I end up remembering better. I’m sure when we are all looking for something, we say the name of the object out loud. Unless, I am the only “crazy” one, and everybody else just finds things without talking to themselves.
Do you guys talk to yourselves? Don’t be shy. Speak up.