People normally have two ways of thinking. Some people think in clear sentences, can 'hear' their thoughts in a clear internal voice which may or may not sound like the way they think they speak. This is better referred to as an internal narrative. On the other hand, a lot of people think in abstract concepts. Both sets of people are mostly unaware of each other.
A social media user brought up this fact once again a few days ago and it has since gone viral. Kyleplantemoji tweeted about how people have an internal narrative and others don't.
Fun fact: some people have an internal narrative and some don't— Kyle🌱 (@KylePlantEmoji) January 27, 2020
As in, some people's thoughts are like sentences they "hear", and some people just have abstract non-verbal thoughts, and have to consciously verbalize them
And most people aren't aware of the other type of person
A lot of people replied to Kyle's post and described themselves in one of the two categories. A few said they belonged to the set of people who had an internal narrative.
My brain is just a god damn podcast that never ends— BERNIE 4 '20 (@ZeroHand_Love) January 27, 2020
I have a never ending internal narrative that goes on and on about raccoons and lasagna and I wouldn't change a thing— Roxi Horror 💀🌸 (@roxiqt) January 27, 2020
Wait so some people don't have to suffer through the voice in their head going on a constant monologue?? Is that what it means to achieve inner peace??— 𝐙 (@howd9rk) January 27, 2020
The voice in my head is ADHD and on crack and it's ruining my life— 𝐙 (@howd9rk) January 27, 2020
Others categorised themselves as abstract thinkers, and had questions for the others.
Being a non-verbal thinker it annoys me that I have to almost speak out what I'm writing and reading. But I love the silence and imagining mathematical theorems.— Troels Holm (@Garfir) January 29, 2020
I've always been jealous of people who can hear their thoughts. Verbalizing abstract though is so hard and makes me feel dumb. It's a skill you have to learn.— please pee here (@pleasepeehere) January 28, 2020
Can people hear songs. Like if I’m thinking of a song I can like play it in my head and I can hear it— Madeleine (@madde_rose) January 27, 2020
A friend of mine has no mental images at all. It's called antaphantasia and for years he thought when people said, "picture in your mind..." that it was just a metaphor.— Anti-War Audrey (@HedwigGraymalk) January 27, 2020
We spent hours comparing memory, dreams, and other brain-related experiences. 🤓
Some Twitter users were just confused.
reading thread, feeling like my thought processes work differently from most people; it's making me feel ill at ease. i often think in narration - i have a 'voice' i hear for it - but just as often, in feelings/abstractions/an 'understanding' that can't be put into words. help— 🔻🟡🟥⚪🔺 (@lou_evil) January 27, 2020
suddenly i've forgotten how i think— mel ♡𝙨 𝙢𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙚𝙣 (@azirafale) January 27, 2020
And some of us dont do either :) smooth brain :) no thinky :)— Suz (@TheSuzannahLee) January 27, 2020
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