We’ve all seen those people that talk to themselves in the grocery store or walking down the street, in fact, some of you reading this may actually be those people. We all talk to ourselves throughout the day in some form or fashion, but not all of us do it out loud. Live Science actually believes that talking to yourself – out loud, can benefit your thinking and your perception. Here are five theories as to how talking to yourself can benefit your daily life.
1. ORGANIZING YOUR THOUGTS
Sometimes it’s hard to control the thousands of thoughts that go through your mind at once. However, you can’t speak that many thoughts at once. If you focus on saying your thoughts aloud, then you will be able to focus on just that. You can actually bring more clarity to your thoughts when you say them out loud, which can help you make important decisions.
2. IMPROVE MEMORY
How many times have you thought to yourself that you have to remember to do something when you get home? Then once you get home, you remember you have to do something but don’t know what it is. Try speaking your reminder aloud. Better yet, ask someone else to remind you at a certain time. Most of the time, you won’t even need their reminder because you are able to remember it more clearly since you heard yourself say it.
3. MAKE YOUR BRAIN MORE EFFICIENT
Studies have shown that talking to yourself can make you think more clearly and quickly. If you are looking for something in the store or in your house, you may be able to find it more quickly if you say the object’s name out loud as you search for it. You may find out that you can find things more quickly this way.
4. LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF
It’s amazing what you can learn about yourself if you talk out loud at times. Sometimes your thoughts can race in your head so much that you don’t know what you’re thinking. If you’re thinking about a certain situation, try talking about it with yourself out loud. You could find out some shocking realizations about yourself when you do that.
5. ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Just making a list of goals and reading them daily is hard enough, but now you want me to say them out loud? The answer is yes, but only if you truly want to achieve your goals. Speaking your goals will give you more confidence in achieving them, and it will help you put into perspective what you need to do to achieve those goals. You have to be laser-focused when trying to achieve your goals, so why should you let negative thoughts get in the way in your head? Speak them out loud multiple times daily and your picture of achieving the goals will become clearer.
There are plenty of crazy people in the world, but people who talk to themselves out loud aren’t in that group. Don’t worry if you get weird looks from people if you talk to yourself in public. Those people just don’t realize what they are missing out on. What other things have you found out about yourself just by talking to yourself out loud?