Throughout history, people who talk to themselves have been ostracized because they are thought to be crazy. But new research proves that talking to oneself can actually be very helpful and quite a smart thing to do.
Here is how.
#1. It helps in making brain activity much more effective
When you have to do a task, for example, finding an apple in a grocery store, repeating the word apple would actually help you in locating it faster. It has been proven true by a study that when we keep repeating something to ourselves our brain actually streamlines our thoughts around it and it helps in doing things more effectively.
#2. It is more helpful when you are talking about things that you know or understand
Having said that repeating things help you in working more efficiently, it is also necessary to mention that it only works when you know your subject matter well. If you do not know or understand a concept then repeating it ceaselessly will not get you any closer to understanding it and will only confuse you further. So only repeat those things to yourself that you already know about and understand well.
#3. It is the method with which children first learn to make sense of the world
Most people think that talking to yourself is crazy in adults but what we often forget is that this is how young children learn to communicate and understand their surroundings. When we repeat the same thing to a child, again and again, they pick up the word and learn to associate the sound with the object. And they do so by constantly repeating the word themselves till they get the hang of it.
#4. It helps in organizing and arranging your thoughts
When our own thoughts and emotions overwhelm us, then speaking out loud our list of priorities is a good way of arranging the chaos within our brains. Keep repeating things to ourselves, we are de-cluttering our brain of thoughts that are of no use and focusing on the ones that really matter. Also, if you are unsure of certain things then making a list of pros and cons and debating them out loud might actually make your decision easier.
#5. It helps you in achieving your dreams
When we talk out loud about our dreams we have a better chance to turn them into a reality. Also when we chase our goals making mental note of the process and repeating these steps out loud to yourself will also help you in reaching your aspirations faster.