Internal monologue

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Internal monologue, also known as inner voice, internal speech, or verbal stream of consciousness is thinking in words. It also refers to the semi-constant internal monologue one has with oneself at a conscious or semi-conscious level (see Default mode network).

Much of what people consciously report "thinking about" may be thought of as an internal monologue, a conversation with oneself. Some of this can be considered as speech rehearsal.

  • When people read, their internal monologue actually moves their muscles slightly as if they were speaking;[citation needed] this is called subvocalizing.
  • In some medical or mental conditions there is uncertainty about the source of internal sentences. Attribution for an internal monologue may lead to concerns over schizophrenia, hallucinations, or hearing voices.
  • Contemplation attempts to calm the internal voice by various means.

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