According to the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, talking to yourself is a trait that highly intelligent people possess. This habit of repeating things aloud, also known as "verbal journaling" is conducive to "altering your ongoing perceptual processing."
What all of that science jargon really means is that the more you say the name of an object or item, list or name out loud, the more likely you'll be able to remember information about that topic. The verbal repetition helps improve memory and overall brain function!
This may seem far-fetched, since talking to oneself is usually linked with "craziness" or mental illness - but there are other reasons that prove verbal journaling really is a good thing!
You've heard the phrase "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" - well that holds true for humans as well. That's because our brains are much more malleable when we're young! By talking to yourself more as a child, whether you're vocalizing directions to a task or repeating the names of items nearby, you become much better at remembering them in the future! In addition to the memory related benefits, toddlers and young children benefit mentally from hearing their own voices!
You'll Be More Successful
When you get older, repeating your goals aloud will actually work to reinforce them in your brain and can sharpen your focus. You can even go a step further by vocalizing the process it takes to achieve those goals! When you hear the goal and the steps needed to achieve it, you're actively conditioning your mind to make that goal a reality.
Recent research has indicated that if you repeat the name of objects more often, you can actually find them much easier! In addition to making your life more efficient, this process of repeating items out loud can also work to improve your memorization skills (and memory as a whole)!
Keep Your Brain Organized
Your brain can be a confusing place when trying to prioritize things - but not when you say things aloud! Psychologists determined that speaking out loud can help you to validate things that are weighing on your mind and can work to organize your thoughts and upcoming tasks! All of this organization also helps ease anxiety since worries will be solved and your mind will be more relaxed.
Listen to even more reason why talking to yourself, or verbal journaling, is wonderful!
Now that you know all of the great reasons behind talking to yourself, stop apologizing for it, and embrace it instead!
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