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Losing your inner monologue

Losing your inner monologue

Your inner monologue is where you tell yourself, "I don't want to get up yet," or "This is a tasty burger."

Aphasia from Ancient Greek means "without speech." Typically aphasia occurs after a stroke. Reduced blood flow or bleeding causes brain cells to start dying, but the neural transmitters signal the brain's neurons to keep firing, even as they starve from lack of oxygen. Any brain cells killed during this time can't come back.

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The damage of aphasia

The damage of aphasia tends to be in two brain areas, the Broca's area in the posterior left prefrontal cortex, and Wernicke's area, the posterior left temporal cortex.

  • In Brocha's aphasia, people have problems with fluency, mixing the order of the words, and ignoring grammar.
  • In Wernicke's aphasia, the language becomes confused or even nonsense. It can also limit fluency and word formation.
  • Global aphasia describes a severe loss of the ability to communicate or understand language.

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The relationship between language and the self

One of the effects of aphasia is losing the ability to talk with yourself. The inner monologue disappears, leaving you unable to process your own thoughts.

The ability to speak with oneself is vital for forming emotions, processing memories, and predicting the future. Internal silence can be described as a total loss of identity.

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Recovery from aphasia

Higher consciousness can survive without an internal monologue. Some degree of recovery from aphasia is possible. The brain has a higher degree of neural plasticity than once understood.

Although language is part of personal identity, it doesn't define the self.

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