Talking to Yourself

New research of  Bangor University in the UK found that even though talking to yourself is often considered as one of psychological problems by the society, it is not only be helpful but may indicate a higher level of intelligence.

They  gave the study’s participants written instructions and told to either read them out loud or silently. Their main target was to acknowledge how participants performed on tasks and to measure the concentration. As a result, it portrays that what people read better when doing so out loud is the best way to concentrate more and absorb.


According to the study’s co-author and psychologist Dr. Paloma Mari-Beffa, “from simply hearing oneself, as auditory commands seem to be better controllers of behavior than written ones”. He brought out how hearing oneself can be benefited.

Also she admits that speaking out loud as an extension of our inner silent talk. Actually our inner thoughts help us to organize thoughts, emotions and memories, as well as plan actions.

Sometimes we can find athletes, especially tennis players, who talk to themselves in stressful moments. They focus their minds and motivate themselves to achieve specific goals through their own self-instructions.One of the famous people known to talk to himself during lighting storms is the inventor Nikola Tesla.

As stated by Dr. Mari-Beffa, “The stereotype of the mad scientist talking to themselves, lost in their own inner world, might reflect the reality of a genius who uses all the means at their disposal to increase their brain power.”

“A sign of high cognitive functioning” according to the researcher regarding talking out loud.

A relatively small sample of 28 participants performed in the experiment of this particular study, furthermore previous studies also indicated that talking to oneself had cognitive benefits, like helping discover objects quicker.

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