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  1. Avatar Road Scholar says:

    My internal monologue is always talking to someone else. Sometimes a specific someone else but often as not just a generalized audience. Never really to myself.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Road Scholar says:

      Me too, talking to an audience that happens not to be present.Report

    • Avatar rexknobus in reply to Road Scholar says:

      In an odd reversal, I am truly the “weird uncle” in my family, but my nephew is the raving Trumpite. I keep it totally quiet on the home front (Thanksgiving went fine), but, while driving alone in the car, I rant, rave, shout, wave my finger in the air, lecture long and hard, making the best points ever…then shut up and sit quietly at the stop sign, trembling to continue, but not wanting to show the car next to me that I’m a loon. And then I’m off again, usually starting with some variation of: “But don’t you realize…”

      Any truly self-directed comments tend to be quite short, and referring to recent behavior. “Jesus, you dumbell. What the hell was that?” End internal monologue.Report

  2. I’m probably mostly a B, but a B implies an A because if I’m talking to a “you,” “I” eventually enter the picture to distinguish myself from “you.”

    And…..a good deal of what @road-scholar said. Although not “always, I very often carry on internal monologues with interlocutors who I’ve known or sometimes imagine. One thing I do on my way to work (I usually walk) is to engage in internal “conversations” about how I’d explain my view on certain topics should that interlocutor/those interlocutors be willing to hear me out. So…..in that sense, it’s not an internal “monologue” at all, but something like an “internal dialogue.”Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to gabriel conroy says:

      Ah, the tulpa.

      Yeah, I have a handful of internal interlocutors that are based on Real Life (or, at least, Internet) versions of people that I know and I can have conversations with them about important topics.

      Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to have real conversations with them on the exact same topics.

      This provides an opportunity to calibrate my tulpa of them and do a better job when I have a conversation with their tulpa next time.Report

      • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Jaybird says:

        Yeah, I have a handful of internal interlocutors that are based on Real Life (or, at least, Internet) versions of people that I know and I can have conversations with them about important topics.

        You just keep thinking the internet voices aren’t real, say we.Report

    • Avatar Jonathan McLeod in reply to gabriel conroy says:

      I tend to be A, may occasionally be B, and definitely fall in line with Road Scholar and Gabriel.Report

  3. fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

    I wish my inner monologue would shut up some times.

    It’s mostly a running list of what I need to do next, or what I’m not doing quite well enough, or things I need to remember, or sometimes it goes OH SQUIRREL! when I’m reading something and my attention gets caught by some minor thing in what I’m reading and I think I want to look up more about that thing…

    I think of my inner monologue as several different voices – an “inner cheerleader” who keeps me going, an “inner critic” (who is usually too active), the little demon that does stuff like says “that person you care about? you haven’t heard from them in a couple days. WHAT IF THEY’RE LYING DEAD IN A DITCH SOMEWHERE?,” an inner detached narrator who looks for ways to turn stuff I’m experiencing into a funny story…Report

  4. Avatar Damon says:

    I do it.

    Usually standing in the shower thinking about work….You need to do this, this, etc.Report

  5. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Half a B type, and half an… E, I guess. A lot of “you need to this” type stuff, mixed with a higher level sort of dialog, where I pick a person I have known for years but generally disagree with on the subject at hand, my high school friend Trav or my friend Jen, and hone my discourse with them.

    My wife wonders why I am smirking so much and have odd little half laughs.

    Not much going on this weekend, prepping for a visit from my mother, maybe the fair in the next county up.Report

  6. Avatar Fish says:

    My internal monologue suffers from the observer effect: As soon as you asked the question and I looked at my internal monologue, it became this nebulous ephemeral thing that I couldn’t quite nail down. Having said that, I beleive my internal monologue is almost always in first person, except for when it addresses me as a collective “we,” or when I screw up and the internal NCO rushes out to tell me what a damn soup sandwich I am in decidedly third person.Report

  7. Avatar Derek Stanley says:

    I would say A and B. I often do both.

    Also, where does the monologue the starts with “Dammit, Derek…” go?Report

    • Avatar KenB in reply to Derek Stanley says:

      My son’s name is similar to mine but not exactly the same. At some point fairly early on in his childhood, this thing started where whenever I yelled at myself (either in my head or even out loud), I would accidentally use his name instead of mine and then have to correct myself. He’s an adult now, but I still have this confusion — I feel a little bad in retrospect that I voiced my frustration with him often enough to have programmed this association into my brain.Report

  8. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    If I’m following your taxonomy, I’m a “B.” I address myself in the second person, and when I address myself, I’m typically adopting the superego persona, because it’s about duties and goals and optimums and correctives and self-punishments: “You need to finish the TPS report. You should bottle the beer today. Why didn’t you clean the floors yesterday like you wanted to?”

    My id has no need of such explicit modes of address. It’s much more subtle, and generally much more persuasive.Report

  9. Avatar pillsy says:

    I have discussions with imaginary versions of people I know. Usually arguments.

    They win the arguments more frequently than you might expect.Report

  10. Avatar Maribou says:

    The snappy and literally true answer is that at least 60 percent of the time when I talk to myself, it’s in the form of playing music to myself. This happens without conscious thought and it’s not like having an earworm, this is lovely and more like a radio station. When I was in college a friend of mine (who now works in radio sound engineering), christened it KMRB and would ask me what was playing a lot.

    I have a significant dissociative disorder stemming from complex/childhood-induced PTSD. Actually, I function well enough most of the time that the word “disorder” seems unfair… but it definitely does make a lot of extra work for me … but probably a lot less work than do most of the other coping mechanisms kids develop to deal with childhood experiences similar to my own. In any case, because of that, there’s not just a monologue in here, there’re enough fragments to people a small village.

    Though the vast majority of the time I’m around other people, the village stays condensed down to a Greek chorus, somewhere between 2-6 interactors…. or at least we long ago developed a nice thick metaphorical 1-way-soundproofed wall to slide between the currently active 2-6 aspects of myself and the rest of them; that’s what allows me to function as an average joe.

    Or by your letters: A, B, C, occasionally (when totally shut down) D, often E, and some things that very few people experience that are hard to describe in a short comment.

    As for the weekend, the most significant thing on my list appears to be a tie between “going to Dman’s wife’s house for Star Trek on Sunday” and “attempting to go to Whole Foods with Jaybird instead of him having to go alone, if I have the energy”…. which after my first full week of work in the last 7, sounds about perfect.

    Then again I’m feeling better this week than I have in literally 6 years, so who knows what I might get up to.Report

  11. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    There are many voices inside my head. They take umbrage with your use of the word “monologue”.Report