Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter

Posted May 7, 2012 by Marcy Twete in On the Ladder

Any Sex and the City fan is familiar with Carrie’s “writing monologues” – you see a blinking cursor on the screen and a voice over of Sarah Jessica Parker reading the words she’s writing, and more. Avid Sex and the City fans will remember the first few episodes of the series, though, when Carrie’s monologues were directed at the camera. The show’s founder has openly said the decision to stop Carrie’s talking to the camera was purposeful. They wanted to make these monologues more internal than external, and ensure that her voice overs sounded natural. Natural why? Because everyone, especially writers, talks to themselves.

How many times have you said out loud, “Where did I put that?” or “What did I come in this room for?” Or maybe you repeat your grocery list over and over to remind yourself there are four specific things instead of three? No matter the reason, we all spend a great deal of time talking aloud to ourselves, usually with no one around to listen. And until now, we’ve probably thought it makes us a little crazy. But researchers at the University of Wisconsin disagree. A new study shows that talking to yourself actually makes you smarter. Check out the details of the study by clicking here.

So talk away, ladies. You might just find it’s making you smarter…or at least allowing you to remember your grocery list. And someday, maybe someday, our personal monologues will be just as eloquent and meaningful as the incomparable Carrie Bradshaw.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."