Talking to yourself could help diminish loneliness, says Aniesa M. Schneberger, MA, LMHC at Tampa Life Change. “It can be a comforting reaction to help fill a quiet place with the noise of your own voice when you’re alone,” she explains. When to worry? When you start having debates with yourself. Schneberger says this could be indicative of abnormal behavior that warrants speaking with a professional.
Helps your child learn
If you have young children, lifehack.org explains that talking to yourself in their presence can help them learn about language. It’s simple: Since they tend to absorb information like a sponge and often repeat what they overhear, children pick up on your vocal inflection, syntax, and even vocabulary. In turn, this becomes a learning experience. So go ahead and keep a running dialogue of what you’re doing, be it emptying the dishwasher or putting on makeup. Just watch your language. Little ones are known for repeating what parents say, so hold back when it comes to swear words or dark jokes.