Talking to myself (but never aloud, of course) is a very satisfying way to deal with the annoying things in life.
Things like people on Facebook who endlessly harp on political or social issues by parroting news headlines or the latest propaganda without actually reading and understanding the issues.
Like people on Twitter who throw out provocative tweets just to aggravate and agitate.
Like “news” stories that deliberately distort or exaggerate the facts.
By talking to myself I can say things I’d never post to Facebook or Twitter, or never write in a comment on a blog or online news story.
Talking to myself is also helpful in a positive way. Affirmations are a good example. I can create a mantra made up of affirmations such as “I am young at heart, healthy in body, and feel great.”
Or imagine a dialogue between two characters in my manuscript.
Or practice what I’m going to say (and what the agent will say) in an agent pitch session at a conference.
There’s also something very satisfying about plopping down in a rocking chair and having a good talk with myself from time to time. No one argues, lectures, or complains during one of our little chats.
I’ve been feeling pretty cranky about that Facebook, Twitter, and news thing lately, so I think it’s time we had a talk. How about this afternoon?
Works for me. I’ll meet you at the rocking chair.