Is this a sign of confidence or madness?

I am talking to myself!!!

Oh dear!  Do you talk to yourself too?

I have found myself more and more frequently talking to myself.

When my family come home at the end of the day, they regularly tell me I ramble on randomly and they have no idea what I am talking about or who to.

I apparently seem to be getting worse over the years which I can only put down to working from home on my own with no one else to talk to but myself.

I find myself reprimanding myself if I make a mistake with something.  I jump up and do some whoop whoops when something goes fantastically well.  I tell myself off out loud when I find myself procrastinating.  I tell myself to buck myself and that I CAN do it when faced with a particular challenge that I am struggling with.

All to the amusement of my faithful dog who joins in at times of excitement as she misconstrues this as being time for a walk!

This all sounds rather innocent but the frightening thing is I realise I am turning into my mother.  She constantly talks to herself and it used to baffle me as to why she did it.  I thought she was turning mad and now I am doing the same thing.

So, why do we really talk to ourselves?  When I started looking this up on the internet the word ‘psychiatrist’ and ‘counselling’ popped up too much for my liking along with feelings of loneliness etc.  People in movies who talk to themselves have been portrayed as being eccentric and suffering mental illness.

As I only talk to myself at home and not out in public (I think!!), I don’t really believe I am going mad (although many would argue with me).  I just like to believe that talking to oneself is thinking out loud.

I found a note from a study conducted by Dr Adam Winsler of George Mason University who deduced that children who talked to themselves were more confident and participated more actively during class compared to their more introverted peers.  He deduced that by chatting with themselves, they were able to put their problems into perspective and reflect upon their actions.

So that’s the theory that I am sticking with!

Tell me, do you talk to yourself when working from home?

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