Interior sounds and images. Communicating with yourself

Talking to yourself, communicating intrapersonally is an important part of our human experience. Intrapersonal communication is that which takes place at the level of the self. Conversations with and in our own mind are part of the process of building our reality. Conversations with ourselves vitalize or devitalize us. The way we react to the stimuli within us (thoughts, emotions, sensations) directs us to states that increase our energy or consume it. The relation between the inner sound and the inner image is a fertile one to discover everything that empowers us ideally and projects us into the lights and shadows of the lived and imagined existence.

In our search for our intimate truth, the most difficult thing is that sometimes we risk finding it. – Jacques Salomé

A silent dialogue guides our actions constantly. Our inner voice is far from useless. Our in-house dialogues are an inner version of the conversations we have with other people.

In the book Tout ce qui non intéressait pas Freud, French writer Philippe Presles, a physician and researcher, reports numerous confessions on that sweet, strong, and convincing inner voice, which he most often gives Extremely useful tips or instructions. It has long been assimilated to the voice of God or that of the soul.

In the system of explanations given by Philippe Presles, it is the voice of our inner wisdom, which comes from a deep consciousness, from an accumulation of everything we have experienced and experienced and recorded in our brain, and which takes control of speech. our interior when we go through a critical moment.

But voice can also become the great obstacle to transformation, when it tells us that change is impossible. She whispers in our ear: “You have always been like this, so you will never change!”

There are two main types of interior voices. One more concrete and the other more abstract. When we say “I am thirsty!”, It is a voice that we have under control and is voluntary. But the voice we hear when we have lost thoughts before we fall asleep, we cannot control it.

The inner voice has also been studied by philosophers. There is even a long tradition in ancient and medieval philosophy. The ancient philosophers perceived the existence of this “internal language”, which was then taken over and described by the medieval thinkers – who differentiated three discourses: written, oral and mental.

Recent studies attribute to the inner discourse a crucial cognitive role. The voice in our head would be a good asset for working memory, helping us move from task to task and solve problems. Also, the inner voice would come into play and regulate our attention and behavior.

Because communicating effectively with ourselves is an imperative aspect for the overall health of the body and for happiness, here are some ways to encourage healthy communication, which we can integrate into our daily lives:

Say your name! Research has found that people who use their own name instead of saying “I” enjoy more support and encouragement of their own. Studies suggest that the speech given to the third person creates a kind of mental distance, which allows for greater objectivity and, therefore, a more rational support for self-support.

Be assertive! Assertiveness is a mental attitude accompanied by a series of beliefs about oneself and the surrounding world. Much of what we do, say or feel, and how we act, are based on our values ​​and beliefs, especially those about ourselves and others.

Practice mindfulness! When we live in the present moment, we can faithfully recognize how we feel or what we think. Mindfulness helps us learn to communicate, with openness and accepting ourselves.

Keep a journal! Diary can be an extremely effective way to understand what we think and feel. Start a journal now, to understand your failures! In addition to the record of your successes, it is equally important to note with rigor the failures you have gone through. You will always have to learn from them. He also writes in the journal to “keep the flowers of your thought, which otherwise would get wind,” as Nicolae Iorga says.

Set your visual landmarks! Put a sheet of paper with a positive statement on it in the office drawer, glued to the bathroom mirror or wallet. These visual reminders can help you have healthy communication with yourself.

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