Did you know that not everyone has an internal monologue?
I was today years old when I learned that not everybody has an internal monologue.
One of my favorite people to follow on Twitter blew my mind when I saw the tweet today:
I've been trying to imagine what it's like to not "hear" complete thoughts inside your own head, and the closest I can get is when you understand a complex idea, but have trouble verbalizing or explaining it to someone else. Beyond that, I have no idea what it's like.
Sometimes I wish I could shut off my internal monologue. It would be nice to have some peace and quiet once in a while, after all.
I think this is a fairly decent description of how my anxiety manifests, incessantly arguing with myself, so that myself convinces myself that I'm wrong about something. You know, because that's healthy.
I can hear songs in my head in their entirety, but I also have a degree in music and have excellent relative pitch (I'm able to tell if a song is being played in a different key, and more often than not can hear a pitch and tell you what note it is). I also have ADHD, so I probably have a different skill set for this than most.
Someone did an informal survey to get an idea of how many people think in words and how many don't:
Those who answered "both" are probably people who think in words, as Kyle pointed out in his reply:
The difference in how people think like this has been known for a while (I was able to easily find research dating all the way back to the 60s about this subject). Still, it doesn't make it any less mindblowing.
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