‘Language is the hallmark of humanity—it allows us to form deep relationships and complex societies. But we also use it when we’re all alone; it shapes even our silent relationships with ourselves. In his book, The Voices Within, Charles Fernyhough gives a historical overview of “inner speech”—the more scientific term for ‘talking to yourself in your head’. “We are all fragmented,” Fernyhough writes. “There is no unitary self. We are all in pieces, struggling to create the illusion of a coherent ‘me’ from moment to moment.””’ The running conversation in your head
Read a review of the book in The Atlantic. You may want to add it to you reading pile for these holidays. Useful to help us understand why a quiet mind may be hard to find…
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