Written for ‘SheCanMagazine‘ where Jodie Moone is a Wellness Contributor.
Date Written: May 2021
Having an inner voice (or sometimes called “internal dialogue”) that guides us through our day isn’t something we all experience. For those who do, it develops from early childhood years, this ‘voice’ helping to complete everyday tasks, such as your job. Research in 2018’s ‘The Varieties of Inner Speech’ showed people’s inner voices range from telling them not to do something, talk them through something or calm them down.
Examples of internal dialogue or inner voice can be:
- Verbally talking to yourself: usually when something is on your mind, or you begin creating lists.
- You play out what you’re going to say: maybe when needing to have a difficult conversation, solve a problem or
- Planning what you will do: if you’re about to hold a meeting, you may prepare yourself by going over what you want to address.
- When you’re reading a book, you may ‘hear’ the words in your head, or when listening to a song, you may ‘hear’ yourself singing to them in time with the music.