Does everyone have an inner monologue? | Live Science


The “little voice in your head” can be your worst critic and greatest supporter. It’s been known to help with directions, give advice, rehearse tough conversations and even remind you to put pesto on the grocery list.

But does everyone have an inner monologue? For a long time, it was assumed that an inner voice was simply part of being human. But it turns out, that’s not the case — not everyone processes life in words and sentences.

“By inner monologue, we mean that we can have private speech that’s addressed to ourselves and that is carried out without any articulation or sound,” said Hélène Lœvenbruck, a senior psychology and neurocognition researcher and head of the language team at CNRS, the national French research institute.

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