Thursday, September 22, 2016
Why do we have internal dialogue? What is the purpose of it? How did it come to be?
It's an interesting idea, internal dialogues. A lot of people don't discuss their internal conversations, for fear of judgement or ridicule. Others might find them crazy. But let's be honest here, everyone does it. But why do we do it? While walking with my discussion group on Tuesday, we discussed how our internal dialogues are between what we want to do and what we should do. Movies depict that as an angel and devil on your shoulders. I define it as my mom in the back of my mind guiding me the right direction. Whatever your specific idea of it is, it all leads to the same purpose: your dialogue is shaping your decisions and perceptions of life. That's its purpose, to shape our worldviews. Internally, you can weigh the pros and cons of a situation, and figure out exactly what to do. I find it to be a decision making process that is part of the human dynamic, what makes us, well, us. It's an interesting topic to me, for sure. But I still wonder why we have these internal voices. I've discussed their uses, yes. But why do we as humans have that capability? It's something that I wish to think on further to really determine the origin of internal dialogue, if there is one.