By: Nancy P. Goodman
August 2, 2017
After reading an article about talking to yourself in the third person, I may decide to start talking to myself.
From Science Daily/Michigan State University:
“The simple act of silently talking to yourself in the third person during stressful times may help you control emotions without any additional mental effort than what you would use for first-person self-talk — the way people normally talk to themselves.” (1)
Is talking to yourself bad? Since I’ve never done it, I never considered the question either. So, although I have never been prone to talk to myself in any manner, maybe I will do an ‘about-face’ and begin to talk to myself to see how well the idea of this research pans out. You may want to follow along and see if talking to yourself in the third person helps you too.
But first, we have to decide how to talk to yourself in the third person. After posting about this article on Facebook, I got a comment from my cousin TV Steve, out in Los Angeles, that ‘it could get you locked up’ so I guess it might be best to do it silently – if you decide to talk to yourself in the third person – so you don’t startle those around you by voicing your thoughts aloud.
How to talk to yourself in the third person? That would be like someone telling me “Now, don’t you be scared of the dark.’ – so from now on, I may be silently talking to myself in the third person while you think I am only contemplating the world around me. Or napping. Or almost anything.
See there! Now that wasn’t so hard to do – was it?
(1) From Science Daily/Michigan State University
‘Talking to yourself in the third person can help you control emotions’