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    I don't get it at all.

    I will babble to myself at times, usually when under stress or talking my way through my own thought/feelings and such.. but conversations with other people? How does your mind understand what this other person would say? How do you seperate yourself from saying it and "other person?" I'm lost.
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    LOL you guys are funny!!

    i don't so much hold imaginary conversations, but i do envision really in-depth scenarios. for instance, today i was walking down the street, and i imagined a car who i had to stop for - what if i hadn't stopped walking? what if they had hit me, and i dove enough to avoid getting killed but had my leg run over, and the woman would pop out of the car, and i'd already be calling 911, and the woman would be all "you weren't looking!", and then flash forward to the courthouse where i'm presenting my case and i argue, "it's of no consequence whether i was looking or not. it makes no difference, because i had the right of way, and you did not. you must legally yield to any pedestrian. the law does not specify an attentive pedestrian. any pedestrian. moreover, even if i had been looking, it's not like that would have facilitated me escaping your car barreling towards me at speeds which really were much too fast for the corner you were taking. the fact remains that you could not have slowed down in time to not hit me, and that, ma'am, constitutes reckless driving... but all that aside, the pure fact remains that you, in a car, illegally hit me, a law-abiding pedestrian, and as such i request a sum of money to cover all medical bills for now and regarding future treatment..." and then i win the case obviously, and get tons of money, and fame, and respect, and... yeah, that's about where it ends.

    it's always bizarre scenarios where i get sort of hurt but come out on top, looking like a hero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skylights View Post
    LOL you guys are funny!!

    i don't so much hold imaginary conversations, but i do envision really in-depth scenarios. for instance, today i was walking down the street, and i imagined a car who i had to stop for - what if i hadn't stopped walking? what if they had hit me, and i dove enough to avoid getting killed but had my leg run over, and the woman would pop out of the car, and i'd already be calling 911, and the woman would be all "you weren't looking!", and then flash forward to the courthouse where i'm presenting my case and i argue, "it's of no consequence whether i was looking or not. it makes no difference, because i had the right of way, and you did not. you must legally yield to any pedestrian. the law does not specify an attentive pedestrian. any pedestrian. moreover, even if i had been looking, it's not like that would have facilitated me escaping your car barreling towards me at speeds which really were much too fast for the corner you were taking. the fact remains that you could not have slowed down in time to not hit me, and that, ma'am, constitutes reckless driving... but all that aside, the pure fact remains that you, in a car, illegally hit me, a law-abiding pedestrian, and as such i request a sum of money to cover all medical bills for now and regarding future treatment..." and then i win the case obviously, and get tons of money, and fame, and respect, and... yeah, that's about where it ends.

    it's always bizarre scenarios where i get sort of hurt but come out on top, looking like a hero.
    I do this too. I think it's Ne on the loose. =P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huxley3112 View Post
    I don't get it at all.

    I will babble to myself at times, usually when under stress or talking my way through my own thought/feelings and such.. but conversations with other people? How does your mind understand what this other person would say? How do you seperate yourself from saying it and "other person?" I'm lost.
    Well really all voices are your own. But if you give them characteristics and voices pertinent to their perspectives.. Or sometimes in my case, the voices belong to the people who presented the perspective to me. You can better sort or keep track of the inner dialogue.
    I mean I have full on conversations with people , even if I am just really talking to myself.
    I also have conversations with myself, where the perspectives are just mine.. One side of me treats the other side very badly.
    But the the abused side still rules.. it's a mess.

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    We all have self talk. Some of us have learnt to turn of the self talk and enter a state of ecstasy. But for most of us, we not only talk subliminally to ourselves, but we also listen.

    But things are changing. Not only do we talk to ourselves but we talk to one another on Central. And talk on Central is very like self talk. It is almost as though we are talking to ourselves, but not quite. It's like self talk Jim, but not as we know it.

    It is as though our minds no longer live just inside our heads, but also now live on Central. And living on Central is living in public. It is as though our central nervous system is no longer just on the inside, but is on the outside as well. And all we have to do is reach out and touch one another.
    on the net, sometimes i can't help it, that i don't mean to do it - it's that my keyboard is hot-wired to my brain. like an extension of my mind.

    i type and then my mind wanders. then the next thing you know, my unedited, spontaneous thoughts broadcast live. Opps! please excuse me for sounding a little "out of touch". but i lied.

    what i really want to say is, won't you tell me what's on your mind?

    but they say, "everyone expresses themselves, just a matter of medium!"

    so i think, i'm like a hedge that sticks higher than the others and i want to trim myself down. too talkative, expressive.

    i try to keep my mouth closed.
    but i can't help it. as i get distracted, my jaw falls, and as i try to seal my lips, a waterfall gushes through.

    Opps! nash my teeth and stomp. no good, totally embarrassing! if only they didn't look so bewildered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lien View Post
    on the net, sometimes i can't help it, that i don't mean to do it - it's that my keyboard is hot-wired to my brain. like an extension of my mind.

    i type and then my mind wanders. then the next thing you know, my unedited, spontaneous thoughts broadcast live. Opps! please excuse me for sounding a little "out of touch". but i lied.

    what i really want to say is, won't you tell me what's on your mind?

    but they say, "everyone expresses themselves, just a matter of medium!"

    so i think, i'm like a hedge that sticks higher than the others and i want to trim myself down. too talkative, expressive.

    i try to keep my mouth closed.
    but i can't help it. as i get distracted, my jaw falls, and as i try to seal my lips, a waterfall gushes through.

    Opps! nash my teeth and stomp. no good, totally embarrassing! if only they didn't look so bewildered.
    Lien, we love the way you write.

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    I have at least 5 imaginary conversations a day.

    Today i had one with my best friend who moved to virgina, one with forrest gump, and a third with the son of my science teacher who i've never met in my life.

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    Lien, we love the way you write.
    i write with the ideas of yesterday, but with things i've been holding in since childhood. so although i didn't intend to make that post about me, but with the idea of a person in mind, it is.

    if people edit their thoughts, the whole point of speaking your mind and real communication is lost. so i wonder if imaginary friends comes from fear of lack of reaction, or that that everyone will just respond with bewilderment, if you speak your mind.

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    When I was little my mum would take me to the water park and I'd go on the lazy river ride and just go around and around for hours conducting interviews (out loud) with historical figures like Einstein and George Washington.

    Nowadays I don't talk out loud in public AS much, but sometimes it's fun to pretend I'm having a conversation on my phone with someone as I'm walking around.

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    Well, the conversations are in my head, it's not the same as talking to yourself out loud when you are angry or trying to solve a puzzle.

    As others have said, the other person in the conversation will usually represent an idea or a cencept and serves as a mental white board to help you look at your own thoughts from a certain semi-detached distance. But it isn't a conscious process, I don't decide to talk to, say, Bill Gates about Windows, he just pops up in my head and I am talking to him until the metalevel sets in and I notice: Hey, you are talking to Bill Gates, you are doing it again, weirdo!

    It also happens with people I know and interact with when I am discussing more personal things (like mentally talking to my parents about my childhood or an ex about a previous relationship or a friend about something we recently discussed in real life).

    My guess is that it is an unconscious mechanism to sort out your thoughts, but I have no control over it.

    As for the scenario with the traffic accident that skylights described, this is something quite different, I think. But I do that as well...all the time. Might be hyperactive Ne. It sure is a lot of fun...Ne rocks!
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