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I have conversations with "people in my head"
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Hello. I have a horrible habit of conversing with people I know...but they're not even there! I do it constantly, and for long periods of time throughout the day or whenever I'm alone. It's really been annoying me lately (gets in the way of school sometimes). Recently I've been trying to stop by plowing my head into my studies(small success, but like any old habit, it won't go down without a fight). They're weird scenarios I come up with, or sometimes I just pretend the people are there listening to me while I talk to them. Sometimes I even pretend they respond. Is this normal? Do you do this?
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Well, I dont know if its normal, but I do it all the time too. Sometimes I also make up elaborate lies and play them out in my head. I dont think we're psyco but it is kind of akward. I wish i could stop it too because it gets in the way of normal activities. Oh well for us i guess. Lol. We're stuck like this.
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CrazyRedd
I talk to myself quite often, perhaps to make up for the lack of play/talk I had with my brother during my childhood, or perhaps it's my way of sorting things out or theorizing particular situations I find interesting. Bottom Line: Unless you bacon and egg sandwich stares up at you and asks "How could you...?", this is perfectly fine.
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As long as you are immagining the voices and not actually hearing them then it is ok. Pretend scenarios are normal just as long as you are not seriously hearing voices that are not there.
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I thought everyone did this? I am constantly talking to myself (not out loud) sometime there are different versions of me that talk back but I think when making any type of decision everyone talks to themselves and somewhat roleplays different scenarios
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I thought everyone did this as well. I talk to people I know - sometimes I have imaginary arguments with them about things they've done to annoy me. Then sometimes I talk to myself, having brief arguments with myself in order to work out my feelings on a matter if I'm torn. Then sometimes I talk to imaginary people in my head, you know, characters.
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Please tell your "Peoples in your head" the best regards from us all and a lot of luck and health. God save they all.
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I think pple have internal converstations all the time...daydreaming...i do this all the time pretending ive won the lottery, or imagine a do-over
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Sean
umm... i talk to myself when im planning things, but never hold an actual conversation with myself
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Yah I do that too and I hate it because the voice in my head makes me say stuff I don't neccesarily want that person to know!
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i have people in my head that i dont think about normally then all of a sudden they are there and its like they have always been there but then they go and i feel sick
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I do the exact same thing!
It's so annoying i can't stop i always talk to other people in my head, and it gets in the way of my studies too. I do it constantly throughout the day too. I talk to myself and i respond as if i am another person.
it eats up sooo much of my time :(
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you mean talking out loud, right? there's a guy down the street that does that. he's older, maybe in his 50's or 60's and he lives alone. one day i was walking by and he was working in his yard. he was having some sort of arguement (out loud) with no one, but then he got angry and started swearing. well, i just walked as fast as i could to get away.

it's probably normal if you keep it in control.
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Lockets
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Maybe he was on his mobile and was using a headset that you couldn't see?
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i do this all the time there are many people in my head, sometimes they take on a life of their own i dont know if its mental illness but ive always been like this
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If the people in your head tell you to do things or make you act differently you may be developing a mental disorder. If it seems like they have a mind of their own I would suggest to stop talking to them as well.
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primaj1234
You've mentioned that you do this when you are alone, or doing studies. I would assume that maybe from short-term loneliness, talking with what would seem as a made up companion can help take up time in the day.

Also doing even more studies to avoid the situation may make things worse, since it would be more stressful, the conversing may continue to keep away from stress.

Another cause may well be that making up a figure in our minds to converse with may seem easier to talk with in our conscience because we can make this figure say or answer what we would like to hear or talk about what we would like talking about.

-But then again these are merely suggestions. I do this sometimes too, though rarely, but usually when I am bored to have what seems like an ordinary conversation when there isn't anyone to talk to at the time.

(I'd say it's normal)
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I do it all the time. It happens everywhere and my friends always smacks me when I start talking to myself and the "people".
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I could be in a room with 3 people or more i could just look at someone and they give me the look like what are you looking at and in my mind i could of said you and again they give me another look like what did you say?and I don't know if there hearing it too but It feels like there talking to me or hearing my thoughts too. Sometimes i feel them telling me I can't say thank god ,or thank u Jesus @ first I use to think that some one did voodoo on me. I use to have people talking to me I'm my mind like a few other people on this site but not like this , this been going on for a year and a half now ever since I met these two girls that I don't associate with any more things been going down hill for me.
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I've been having that for a long, long time. Some things that raise dopamine make it worse. I think that it's a mild form of schizophrenia. Some people have ADHD for having too little dopamine and we have a little to much. 60% of people surveyed by the National Science Association, said they believe other people have ESP.
I think it's like sympathy pains and our bodies are reacting to stress that isn't there and that's how we end up with too much dopamine.
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i do that with mason,ahhh,i <3 him
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i do this subconciously. wish it would effect my real relations. i keep thinking up fights
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well i don't think it's normal.. i do it all the time and it's driving me crazy..
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I do this as well. Interestingly enough you will find that you can indeed talk to yourself exactly as if you're talking to another person. If you continue doing this long enough(we all do) then different areas of the brain can wire themselves specifically for talking to yourself and they can have their own opinion. Generally they can be just as good as talking to another person with the exception that no new information is being revealed. But that doesn't mean it's impossible for new information to be revealed. If you talk to yourself long enough about something you might be able to figure something new out.
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I maybe the craziest of all. Because this happens to me all the time. Strangely it's not distracting I can carry these "conversations" (multiple elaborate ones at that) and at the same time still be able to study/work or carry a real conversation at the same time without affecting what I am currently doing. Sounds crazy, but seems pretty normal to me imo. I guess it's similar to playing the piano and keeping a beat with your foot and singing at the same time. So I guess it's not all that special.
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I've done this since I was a child and I still do. Makes my life so much more bearable.
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I've always wanted to be able to do this.
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yell at those fuckers! they dont need to be talking to ya!
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