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What's the medical term for "talking to oneself"?
You know, when someone talks to themself all the time. What's the proper medical term for that?


(I'll have to come back here later to check if I've received any answers. Maybe in a few hours or so. This website is probably teeming with Freemasons.)
asked in medicine, psychiatry, psychology

rasputin1309 answers:



Only way I can get a sensible conversation

Take your pick

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Thers nothing wrong with talking to yourself, its when you start answering; thats when the problems start!

Intrapersonal communication


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seacommander answers:

I haven't been able to find a medical term to describe this activity so it probably isn't a disorder. Quite frankly how can it be when one is only talking to the person who is going to give the most sensible answer!?
As it appears not to be a disorder I would suggest that it would not be impolite to ask somebody not to interrupt when having a conversation with oneself!!.
On a more serious note, this behaviour seems to be associated with schizophrenia sometimes but is not necessarily an accepted symptom of that disorder.

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OneFootInTheGame answers:

If you are truly talking to yourself, it is normal, although most of us do it silently. If the person doing the talking is not talking to himself, but responding to 'voices in his head', i.e., auditory hallucinations, it is a symptom of severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia.

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xoloriib answers:

I'd say it depends on your viewpoint. For various reasons some people find a need to talk to themselves : it is frequently a result of stress. When people speak out loud to themselves it may be a primeval urge to break the silence they feel they are surrounded by. For others it may just be that they are providing their own support network.

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P-Kasso answers:

About the only close contender for a medical name that I can think of is Tourette's Syndrome.

This is a condition usually accompanied by muscular tics and constant talking out loud, usually obscenities.

Had a look in Wiki under Tourette's Syndrome just to check and Wiki says (amongst a lot more)...

"Tourette syndrome...is an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by the presence of multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic; these tics characteristically wax and wane...Tourette's was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia). However, this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette's".

Doesn't sound very close after all.


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minx_24.nik answers:

My boyfriend often talks to himself....it is sometimes absent-minded and at other times i think it is his way of making sure things are done!!! It's very endearing....if a little nutty!!!! :o)

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geejayy answers:

when stressed often i am muttering to myself, or so my better half says.
its not having a conversation with another person(imaginary or otherwise)
its just voiceing my thoughts, dureing stressfull & confuseing times hearing a voice is a comfort and it helps clarify my thinking and negate the confusion and focus on the mental task of working out wtf to do and in what order for the best.

as michaelscreen says t'is when you start answering as a third person that apparently may be indicateive of a problem.

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