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I talk to myself all the time, especially when hiking or out for a walk. This can get embarrassing when you run into another person around a turn. If you are with your friend and talking, well you're just talking to your friend. When it's just you .. that must be a crazy person (unless you've got a flashing bluetooth headset or a phone in your hand I guess).

I usually get real silent and then slowly pick back up as I walk away; trying to whisper to myself and keep my voice low in case someone else is on the trail.

I don't think I've ever encountered someone else doing this .. except sometimes for that crazy homeless person on the street .. and they don't exactly stop when people walk by them.

I've started to think I'm probably one of the few people who do this, but it's so helpful to hear my thoughts to put things into order and organize them that it's not something I really want to stop doing.




I talk to myself out loud all the time. It absolutely enables me to solve problems better. When I have a particularly tough problem at work, I'll work from home specifically so I can talk it out.

I also talk things out while driving alone. I used to get embarrassed that other drivers could see me. But now a days hands free phone systems are commonplace in cars so I just talk away :)


I've talked to myself and also sung to myself on trails before. Once I was hiking down from a conditioner at night cold, wet, miserable, and tired, so I started singing to myself as I went just to keep my spirits up.


Reminds me of a classic Achewood: http://achewood.com/index.php?date=06072006


> (unless you've got a flashing bluetooth headset or a phone in your hand I guess)

Nice hint. Gotta buy a highly visible bluetooth headset.


I think more people than you think partake in these activities, but unlike you are even shyer about it.




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