Talking out loud to yourself is a technology for thinking | Psyche Ideas
Speaking out loud comes out instinctively in many of us while memorizing a text or while developing an idea.
While it may look and sound unusual to the onlookers, speaking to yourself aloud is both a medium of communication and a technology of thinking, facilitating the formation and computation of thoughts.
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There are four kinds of inner voices: the faithful friend, the ambivalent parent, the proud rival, and the helpless child. We might adopt these different roles to help ourselves get through situations.
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Instead, notice the act of thinking without getting tangled in your thoughts. See your thoughts as ongoing attempts to make meaning of the world — give them power only to the degree that they help you.
The mind's power over you is an illusion. For instance, say one thing while doing the opposite. You will find that it is possible to do the opposite of what you are thinking. (For example, type, I cannot type this sentence, while you are typing the sentence.) Regularly doing this exercise can give you more freedom to do hard things.