• Kaye Curren

10 Perks of "Self-Talk"

I talk to myself. All the time. Every day. I simply cannot think silently. I have tried to stop by following the advice in stop talking to yourself articles. No dice.

I recall an article I read called “How to Stop Talking to Yourself” on The first question posed was, “Is that you speaking or is it some other voice?” No, you idiot, it’s my crazy Aunt Harriet, back from the dead! The second question was, “Do you annoy your fellow human beings?” Well, of course. But what has that got to do with me talking to myself?

Truth is, I have had some comments about my chattering on and on in my own voice. A lady I worked with once said, “I keep thinking you are talking to me. It’s distracting.” Another told me at my retirement party she looked forward to not ever again hearing my low hum from the adjoining office.

But now let’s get serious. There are benefits to talking to yourself. I want you self-blabberbutts out there to be aware of the following perks, put forth by the “experts.” You can’t go wrong with the experts, you know. (Although these benefits come straight from the experts, I may have taken some license with a few.)

1.You can get loving attention you usually don’t get.

“Honey, you are so wonderful today. So bright. So beautiful.”

2. You can connect with a higher intelligence.

“Let’s leave these morons behind, and let’s create our own space travel.”

3.You can debate and you always win.

You One: “Well, I think Britney Spears is a ho.”

You Two: “On the contrary, I believe you need to look at her as a product of her society.”

You One: “Oh, put a sock in it.”

“I win.”

4. You can find things faster by repeating the lost item out loud.

“Key, keys, keys.” “Diaphragm, Diaphragm. Diaphragm.”

5. You will find speaking out loud will help your memory in other vital situations.

“What’s my name? Where do I live? Where have I left my child? (Who knows?)”

6. You can talk to yourself about your stress, thus alleviating it.

“Now let’s calm down, sweetie. No need to pierce your neighbor’s Ficus tree just

because he plays that f—king trumpet night and day. Think loving thoughts. Bless your neighbor. (How did that spear get into my hand and hurt that poor little tree?)”

7. You can count your blessings.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

8. You can relieve your loneliness.

“Now, imagine George Clooney is coming over for a sweet evening of wine, dancing

and love.”

“No. Imagine you on a tropical island with a Piña Colada, staring at the waves, and suddenly there appears a rich plantation owner saying he can’t live without you at his side. And he must have you redecorate his million-dollar cottage on the beach.”

“No, better yet, let’s imagine you all alone in a million-dollar beach house, warding off

unfaithful men with a club. (The Pina Colada stays.)”

9. You can prioritize, stay on track, get organized.

Let’s see. Today, I take a shower, get dressed, walk the dog, go to the market, write a blog post.

Let’s see. Today, I take a shower, get dressed, walk the dog, go to the market, write a blog post.

Let’s see. Today, I take a shower, get dressed, walk the dog, go to the market, write a blog post. (Repetition is essential if you are over 50.)

10. You can promise yourself anything.

“No, no, not Arpege, my dear. You will win the lottery. All you need is $300,000 for the condo in Florida, travel money for Spain or Montevideo, 15 pairs of cute shoes, and a lifetime income so you never, ever, have to sit in a cubicle again. Please God, is that too much to ask?”

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