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Mid-Week Mini Edition

By Maria Gracia
August 9, 2017

  Today's Feature

Do You Ever Talk to Yourself?

Do you ever talk to yourself? I recently ran a web poll on my site asking this question, which you may have voted in. Here are the results:

56%...All the's how I think

24%...Sometimes. And I often don't even realize it until someone tells me

14%...Nope. My thoughts are only in my head

4%....Only if I'm bordering on a panic attack

2%....I don't talk to myself, but I do talk to my imaginary friends

Although it may seem quirky and even annoying to those folks who have to listen to us talk to ourselves (I do it all the time), there are actually a lot of proven benefits to talking to oneself out loud.

You might find yourself talking out loud through a task or challenge.

According to a New York Times article on this subject, 'talking to yourself out loud in an instructional way can speed up cognitive abilities in relation to problem-solving and task performance.'

In another article on the subject, in USA Today, Frank Ghinassi, vice president and director of the Department of Psychology at UPMC's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clini says, 'Self-talk allows you to run through alternative scenarios and prepare alternative reactions and strategies.'

That article goes on to say, 'Talking aloud also helps people solve problems. Chatting to yourself about how you'll answer interview questions for that dream job, or how you'll handle that serious talk with your boyfriend, prepares you for the actual experience.'

Searching for something at the grocery store? Talking out loud may help you find it.

According to Elite Daily, 'in a study printed in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, psychologists Daniel Swigley and Gary Lupya gave 20 people the name of an object (like a loaf of bread or an apple), which they were told to find in the supermarket. During the first set of trials, the participants were bound to silence. In the second set, they repeated the object's name out loud as they looked for it in the store. According to Live Science, test subjects found the object with greater ease when they spoke to themselves while searching. Saying things out loud sparks memory. It solidifies the end game and makes it tangible.'

You might also find yourself talking out loud to give yourself a motivational boost.

One study published in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences researched the effects of both motivational and instructional self-talk on subjects playing basketball. It found that players passed the basketball faster when they motivated themselves through the task out loud.

For me, I'm always giving myself pep talks...before the exercise classes I teach...before presentations to big groups of people...before I have to discuss, with my husband, something big I think we should purchase (smile.)

Talking out loud to yourself can help you organize your thoughts, focuses your attention, screens out distractions, increases confidence, and helps relieve stress.

In fact, according to Paloma Mari-Beffa, PhD, a senior lecturer of psychology at Bangor University, 'there's no need to be ashamed of babbling to yourself. In fact, it might be a sign of higher cognitive functioning.'

That makes me feel great because I've just talked out loud to myself through this entire article. Plus, next time I'm chatting with myself and someone looks at me like I've lost it, I can refer them to all this research in defense of all of us who hold regular conversations with ourselves!

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  Reader Tip

Keeping Tools Organized

We have a small collection of tools in our workbench in the basement, in a drawer in the kitchen, and on a pegboard in the garage. To keep the tools in their correct home, we painted a small area on their handles with three different colored nail polishes to indicate the three different areas. This keeps the tools organized.

--Robin Bird

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In ADDITION, on our home page, you'll also find lots of NEW and featured STUFF including...

AUGUST Checklist: Make the most of this last full month of summer and get organized while you're enjoying it. Here is our August 2017 Organizing Checklist

Social Media Spotlight. What other ways can you tell someone you love them, without using those 3 words? Comment on our Facebook post and let us know

Theme of the Week: Calm. Enjoy our home page quotes, that reflect our theme, for added inspiration and motivation this week

  In Closing

By talking to yourself about the things you have to be grateful for, you can fill your mind with thoughts that soar and sing.
Dale Carnegie

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