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2021-10-25 10:46:52 PM  
It's a conscience, not a late night talk show host
 
2021-10-25 10:49:03 PM  
Nice article
 
2021-10-25 10:53:53 PM  
I had something like this going on few years ago and I chalked it up to the Death by Lemons strain I had too much of at the time.  That stuff was like the Winchester Mystery House of weed.
 
2021-10-25 10:54:41 PM  
My bf & I are an old  Jewish couple in our heads - Seymour & Sheila. We talk like them & everything.

He IS Jewish, so he has an excuse. Me, not so much.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
2021-10-25 11:01:45 PM  
Not too much, except for the incessant tinnitus.
 
2021-10-25 11:16:19 PM  

SpaceMonkey-66: Not too much, except for the incessant tinnitus.


EEEeeeeEEeEeEEEeeeeEEeeeeeEeee
Right ear louder than left for some reason, and a different EEeeeeEEEEEeeeEEe in each
Sometimes with hiss
Since forever
I make my son wear earplugs at concerts

/do have an inner monologue - but it is just me
 
2021-10-25 11:21:04 PM  

west.la.lawyer: SpaceMonkey-66: Not too much, except for the incessant tinnitus.

EEEeeeeEEeEeEEEeeeeEEeeeeeEeee
Right ear louder than left for some reason, and a different EEeeeeEEEEEeeeEEe in each
Sometimes with hiss
Since forever
I make my son wear earplugs at concerts

/do have an inner monologue - but it is just me


Too many concerts did it for me, since 1981, probably been to at least 200, moreso back when they were cheap.  That, and one time I made the mistake of walking up to a shooting bench without headphones on yet.  Guy opened up next to me with a 1911, was literally painful.
 
2021-10-25 11:27:06 PM  
Mine largely consists of "Oh, shiat..."
 
2021-10-26 1:09:10 AM  
Monologue?  More like passing around the conch in my head.
 
2021-10-26 1:19:08 AM  
Only once in my entire life was my inner monologue totally silent.   I had gone to bed after trying marijuana for the 1st time in the form of a very potent brownie Which I hate about 1/4 of and It appeared to have no effect whatsoever.   However in the middle of the night I woke up suddenly, And there was utter stillness in my brain.   There were no rag ends of a  dream.   No new thoughts popping into my brain as I woke up, Just stillness, as if I didn't know how to think anymore.   It wasn't unpleasant it just was.   I fell back asleep and by the time I woke for the second time everything was Back to normal but I have never forgotten that
 
2021-10-26 3:03:47 AM  
Meet my inner monologue. I'll you figure out how persuasive he is...

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2021-10-26 3:10:21 AM  
My inner voice is the exact same part of me that is in my Fark posts.
 
2021-10-26 3:58:00 AM  
I've got a pretty good inner monologue, though not competing like the person in the article, I'm just talking inside to myself, and I can play music pretty reliably, but I have a really hard time conjuring up images, which is apparently a phenomenon called aphantasia.  I can't imagine faces or other complex things, but maybe shapes and the occasional landscape?
 
2021-10-26 4:10:43 AM  
Probably a male/female thing. Women are better at multi tasking, so the wheels are always going. It can get crowded up there.
 
2021-10-26 4:15:23 AM  
Spice. Not even once
 
2021-10-26 4:44:57 AM  

Gordon Bennett: My inner voice is the exact same part of me that is in my Fark posts.


My inner voice is not fit for any public consumption.
 
2021-10-26 5:26:58 AM  
My inner voice isn't a voice.  It doesn't speak in any language.

Ideas just pop into my head.  Inspirations, realizations, jokes, flavor combinations, plots for stories or RPG adventures, puzzle solutions, chord progressions, memorized lyrics to songs I haven't heard in 30 years... it's my intuitive mind working just the way a neural network should.  Sometimes it will send me into a creative fugue because the whole picture takes time to realize into text, or schematic, or song, or meal.

Now, if I need to deductively analyze something in a sequential, deliberative process, I often subvocalize the steps and intermediate results.  The "inner" part of the voice needs to engage the vocal cortex to really work.  But that's not an inner monologue as much as it is a mnemonic aid.

Very often, my intuitive, subconscious mind flags something, letting me know "there's a funny joke here," or "there's an elegant solution for this problem," or "something else combined with this will taste great," and send my conscious, deductive mind on a search for the thing the other half of my brain knows is there.

I thank Carl Sagan for teaching me to use both sides of my brain together.
 
2021-10-26 6:05:02 AM  

casey17: My bf & I are an old  Jewish couple in our heads - Seymour & Sheila. We talk like them & everything.

He IS Jewish, so he has an excuse. Me, not so much.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


You need to read Avram Davidson's story The Golem. Really, you need to.
 
2021-10-26 6:06:44 AM  
Mine is ... generally less than helpful. Getting it to be quiet and out of the way is the most important mental home repair task I have.
 
2021-10-26 6:49:07 AM  
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2021-10-26 6:55:59 AM  
This is one of those "wait, I thought everyone was like this" areas.  The voice narration on TV shows, the references to "negative self-talk," and so on always seemed like metaphors to be, but I guess some people really do process everything that way.

My wife found it absurd that I don't have a running internal narrative, and finds my description of my thought process confusing - mainly imagery, and when talking I'm trying to describe the image stream. I've tried consciously doing a running verbal dialog inside my head to try to be more "in the moment," and it feels so strange, but also exhausting.  Like, I've got to sit there and constantly come up with a stream of words to describe my thoughts, and do whatever else I'm doing at the same time.  Maybe I'm just bad at multitasking.
 
2021-10-26 7:48:43 AM  
For several years my inner thoughts were being typed in my brain. I would basically see imaginary fingertips typing along with the inner monologue. Just floating in blackness.
 
2021-10-26 8:28:05 AM  
My inner voice has tourettes.
 
2021-10-26 8:35:29 AM  
See? I'm lucky. My inner monologue is just my depression or mania speaking to me.
 
2021-10-26 8:40:03 AM  
I wish my inner voice spoke French, it would make learning easier.
 
2021-10-26 8:52:05 AM  
as i pondered the question about my inner monologue, its inner monologue said to me....

"It's entirely possible that you are just batshiat crazy and THE DARK LORD DEMANDS A SACRIFICE!!!"
 
2021-10-26 9:32:10 AM  
Well at least most people who have voices in their heads these days don't they are Gods or demons or CIA mind control agents.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ori​g​in_of_Consciousness_in_the_Breakdown_o​f_the_Bicameral_Mind
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicamer​a​l_mentality
 
2021-10-26 9:32:13 AM  
1.  Birth
2.  "What the fark is this shiat???"
3.  Death

/my inner monologue is 2 on repeat
 
2021-10-26 9:37:43 AM  
"Welcome to Fark. WTF are we doing here?"
 
2021-10-26 9:40:13 AM  
Sometimes when My brain is "idling", playing a game on my phone for instance, it will take the tag end of something I saw on TV..say the war of the roses documentary I was watching, and basically go full "fan-fic" on it and just start spinning up scenes with dialogue and characters based on what I saw.   Last night I actually played the game for and extra half hour because I really wanted to see how the "movie" ended
 
2021-10-26 9:52:57 AM  
So nobody else hears, "redrum" all the time?  Just me?
 
2021-10-26 10:06:04 AM  
I have to silence it with drugs and alcohol so I can have some peace.
 
2021-10-26 10:17:44 AM  
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2021-10-26 10:20:26 AM  
It just comes out when I'm by myself. Then it turns into actual talking to myself. Sometimes with a Russian accent, sometimes Scottish, sometimes Aussie/general British accent. But if I'm talking to myself it's never in my own voice.

/at least it doesn't tell me to do stuff
//mostly just narrating what I'm doing at the time
///*shrug*
 
2021-10-26 10:32:20 AM  
I don't have an inner monologue...it only comes out when I'm trying to type something. I also have ADHD (primarily inattentive). I'm sure they're related somehow.

I can't imagine what its like to live with that voice through all hours of the day...
 
2021-10-26 10:44:32 AM  
Worm Quartet "Inner Voice with Sudden Death"
Youtube AmLFVATlt5s
 
2021-10-26 10:57:03 AM  
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That's what goes on in my head, other than boobies and butts.
 
2021-10-26 11:19:11 AM  
When my inner brain isn't on constant repeat of songs I barely know the lyrics to, it's either a judgemental asshole about everything I've done or every decission in life right up until 5 seconds ago, it's replaying some stupid scene from a random TV show or movie.
 
2021-10-26 11:43:02 AM  
my inner monologue is a mix of:
1) a 0.5-4 second loop of a song
2) a loop of some resolved or unresolved task set (I'm a builder, i get obsessed with sequences of events
3) imaginary conversations about politics - usually stuff i would say to my dad (who died in February)
4) arguments i expect to have with my wife in the near or far term
5) Simpsons quotes
6) jokes that literally no one else in the planet would get

these all get very repetitive, to the point where i have difficulty sleeping.  i also have a tendency to have my inner monologue take in the accent of someone ive been talking to (i just hired an English guy as an assistant; now my voice has a London accent for a few hours)
 
2021-10-26 11:52:51 AM  

anuran: casey17: My bf & I are an old  Jewish couple in our heads - Seymour & Sheila. We talk like them & everything.

He IS Jewish, so he has an excuse. Me, not so much.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You need to read Avram Davidson's story The Golem. Really, you need to.


*reads synopsis*

LOL - yeah, that sounds like us. I'll read it - thanks for the suggestion!
 
2021-10-26 1:12:55 PM  
Well, like some people, I've heard voices in my head.

But I just carry on with the killing.


/ RIP Sean Lock - thanks for the laffs
 
2021-10-26 2:17:27 PM  
Nothing better than having Toto's "Africa" stuck in your head for two weeks at a time.

That has been pleasant

My brain hates me.
 
2021-10-26 4:19:21 PM  

DannyBrandt: Nothing better than having Toto's "Africa" stuck in your head for two weeks at a time.

That has been pleasant

My brain hates me.


I come from a land down under.
 
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