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Motivation for inner speech

Our motivations for inner speech are many and varied.

Students in a study were found talking to themselves about everything from school to their emotions, other people, and themselves while they were doing everyday tasks.

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Inner speech plays an important role in self-regulation behavior, problem-solving, critical thinking, and future thinking.

Not everyone is convinced that people think accurately. Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel argues that people are prone to considerable introspective error under any condition.

Most of us are aware of the internal dialogue – rather than a monologue - where we talk to someone inside our head. Often, that other voice is another aspect of ourselves.

We are so intimate with our thoughts that we never really stop to pay close attention to our wandering minds. When we do look at our thoughts, they turn out to be more interesting than we imagined.

There are five categories of inner experiences:

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