Being caught talking to yourself, especially if using your own name in the conversation, is beyond embarrassing.
And, it’s no wonder — it makes you look like you are hallucinating.
Clearly, this is because the entire purpose of talking aloud is to communicate with others. But, given that so many of us do talk to ourselves, could it be normal after all… or perhaps even healthy?
Yours truly, is a specialist in this… Perhaps, that is why they call me Suresh Raina or Potthen, when I do that… and I think to myself, do they also have this pristine trait!
As a matter of fact, we all talk to ourselves silently all the time.
We actually often engage in deep, transcendental conversations during the early morning (a few hours after midnight), with nobody else but our own thoughts to answer back. This inner talk is very healthy indeed, having a special role in keeping our minds fit. It helps us organize our thoughts, plan actions, consolidate memory, and modulate emotions.
In other words, it helps us control ourselves.
“It’s true that lots of people who hear voices have serious mental health issues,” says, Ben Alderson-Day, a psychological research at Durham University and lead author on the study told Popular Science. “But roughly 5 to 15 percent of the general population will have some experience of hearing unusual voices at some point in their lives. “
“We also think potentially up to ONE percent of the people, might have pretty frequent experiences and just don’t really tell anyone and get on with their everyday lives.”
It is this ONE percent that catches psychologists’ attention.
Because this group is not clinically psychotic, and thus typically not on psychotropic medication... Researchers can study their tendency to hear voices without the confounding factors of mental illness.
They think these benign voices hearers could bring some explanation to why humans hear voices, and perhaps a more broad understanding of the brain.
Actually, the power of your subconscious mind goes further than you might think. (No pun intended!)
Most of you will surely agree with me, if I say that our brains are extremely complicated. (Again, pardon the pun!)
However, you might be surprised by how much control we have over its programming.
Before I get to that…
Let’s first take a moment to consider the fact that your subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank.
Its capacity is virtually unlimited and it permanently stores everything that ever happens to you.
It is said that by the time you reach the age of 21, you have already permanently stored more than ONE HUNDRED times the contents of the entire Encyclopedia Britannica.
Under hypnosis, older people can often remember with perfect clarity, events from fifty years before. Your unconscious memory is virtually perfect.
Therefore, your conscious recall is suspect.
While I know that the function of your subconscious mind is to store and retrieve data. And that its job is to ensure that you respond exactly the way you are programmed. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept, your “master program.”
Basically, your conscious mind commands, and your subconscious mind obeys.
The subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fits a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires.
The subconscious mind has what is called a homeostatic impulse.
It keeps the body temperature at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, just as it keeps one breathing regularly and keeps the heart beating at a certain rate. Through the autonomic nervous system, it maintains a balance among the hundreds of chemicals in the billions of cells so that the entire physical machine functions in complete harmony most of the time.
The subconscious mind also practices homeostasis in the mental realm, by keeping one thinking and acting in a manner consistent with one has done and said in the past.
All your habits of thinking and acting are stored in your subconscious mind. It has memorized all your comfort zones and it works to keep you in them.
We all constantly talk to ourselves in our mind.
In fact, quieting the mind is rather difficult, as this talk is usually just chatter.
The conscious mind is doing the talking, but who is it talking to?
To itself or to the subconscious mind?
It can be either, but I believe 99 percent of the time, it is conscious mind talking to conscious mind.
It is usually meaningless “monkey talk.”
However, there are times when you need to talk to your subconscious mind so you need to be specific.
Your goal is to develop a rapport with your subconscious mind. Become friendly with it. After all, it is part of you and the two of you must work together for your best good. When it grants your request, thank it! Why not?
Justifying one’s soliloquy!
When someone does something for you and you do not thank him or her, they may not be so willing to do something for you again. From now on, you have a real friend in your subconscious mind and you are going to treat that friend with respect and love.
Learning techniques to reprogram your subconscious mind will help you believe in yourself because your confidence will no longer be challenged by fear of the unknown.
The more in tune with your subconscious you become, the closer you will be to breaking through to success.
For example, you might have an idea for a book that has been on your back burner for years. With the right level of confidence, you’ll take the next step in learning how to write and publish a book, rather than clinging to the dream, but never acting.
Just remember that taking immediate action on your ideas is a powerful key to success. Freeing yourself from self-limiting beliefs – or doubts – is the first step to being primed for action.
Here are some brief recommendations to help you use your subconscious power for your best…
- Your subconscious mind not only controls all the processes of the body but also knows the answers to the various questions and can solve many problems.
- Before going to bed, refer to your subconscious mind with a specific request and soon you will see its miraculous power in action.
- Anything that is captured in your subconscious mind will directly affect you in the form of emotions, circumstances, and events. Therefore, you need to watch closely what thoughts and ideas govern your mind.
- All experiences arise from unfulfilled desires. If you are focused on various issues and problems, thus will be the reaction of your subconscious mind.
- Stress, anxiety and fear can disrupt the natural rhythm of breathing, heart rate, and work of any other part of the body. Cultivate in your subconscious mind thoughts of health, peace, and harmony, and all the functions of the body will return to normal.
- Fill your subconscious with expectations of the best experiences and emotions, and your thoughts will become a reality.
- Imagine a positive outcome of your problems, fully feel the enthusiasm from what has happened. All your fantasies and feelings are clearly accepted by your subconscious and then implemented in life.
Indeed, there are many situations where which our inner talk can become problematic.
When talking to ourselves at 3 a.m., we typically really try to stop thinking so we can go back to sleep.
But telling yourself not to think only sends your mind wandering, activating all kinds of thoughts — including inner talk — in an almost random way.
This kind of mental activation is very difficult to control, but seems to be suppressed when we focus on something with a purpose. Reading a book, for example, should be able to suppress inner talk in a quite efficient way, making it a favorite activity to relax our minds before falling asleep.
When mind-wandering becomes completely out of control, we enter a dreamlike state displaying incoherent and context-inappropriate talk that could be described as mental illness… Yours truly!
Much of this benefit appears to come from simply hearing oneself, as auditory commands seem to be better controllers of behavior than written ones. Our results demonstrated that, even if we talk to ourselves to gain control during challenging tasks, performance substantially improves when we do it aloud.
This can probably help explain why so many sports professionals, such as tennis players, frequently talk to themselves during competitions, often at crucial points in a game, saying things like “Come on!” to help them stay focused. Our ability to generate explicit self-instructions is actually one of the best tools we have for cognitive control, and it simply works better when said aloud.
So there you have it.
Talking out loud, when the mind is not wandering, could actually be a sign of high cognitive functioning.
Rather than revealing mental illness, it can make you intellectually more competent.
The stereotype of the mad scientist talking to themselves, lost in their own inner world, might reflect the reality of a genius who uses all the means at their disposal to increase their brainpower.
Wow, that justifies it… I am a genius – QED!
I wonder, what this could mean if I mix this with role-play, word-play, or drama…. Perhaps I become a PM or politician, or even perhaps an Actor!
The opportunities are boundless (no offense to anyone!).
And last but not the least, a tribute to Osho !