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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
How loud is your brain?
Poll: How loud is your brain?
I think in sentences
I think in abstract
Kind of a mix of the two
A unique 'other' that I'll explain below
View Results (14 votes)

Superuser / Moderator

Jul 24, 1:51am

Post #1 of 6 (929 views)
How loud is your brain? Can't Post

Did you know that some people have an internal narrative and some don't?

Some people's thoughts are like sentences that they 'hear', and others have abstract non-verbal thoughts that they have to make a conscious effort to verbalise. (I'm the latter, which might explain why I can get to the middle of a sentence and blank on the next word.)

What's it like in your brain? Do you think in sentences or in abstract?

And a bonus question for those who think in sentences: do you ever get a break from the voice?

(This post was edited by Ataahua on Jul 24, 1:52am)


Jul 24, 4:35pm

Post #2 of 6 (863 views)
I'm definitely a mix [In reply to] Can't Post

And I wonder if it also depends on where you are in life? When I was a teenager, for example, I could grasp abstract concepts in calculus without too much problem, but turning my thoughts into questions or even statements about what I was learning was a herculean struggle. So based on that and other experiences, I devoted a lot more energy to turning the churn in my head into sentences that could be spoken and understood. And I'm not sure I deal with many abstract issues these days, which leaves me a sentence guy.

What stirs up the soup even more for me is something completely involuntary that happens when I'm in doubt and trying to think through an issue, and then sentences I've read from literature just pop into my head with heavy duty symbolism. So for example, if I become privy to sensitive information about Person A and I have an internal debate about telling Person B, who will be affected by that information, but it of course feels like a violation of privacy to Person A, then, totally without me looking for it, up pops the line from Galadriel to Frodo about how she's kept one of the Three hidden: ‘Yes,’ she said, divining his thought, ‘it is not permitted to speak of it, and Elrond could not do so." That was an impactful scene on my first read, so somehow its significance about keeping secrets got burned into my inner hard drive. Other ethical dilemmas, and other quotes from other impactful book moments pop into my head. I definitely never set out to do that! It just happens.

Anyway, cool topic--thanks for the poll! Or should I say symbolically .

(This post was edited by CuriousG on Jul 24, 4:37pm)

Grey Havens

Jul 27, 3:23am

Post #3 of 6 (678 views)
ah yes, the "committee" [In reply to] Can't Post

that's how I've always though of my internal voice. Like Gollum, it keeps pattering on and doesn't stand still.

Superuser / Moderator

Thu, 9:02pm

Post #4 of 6 (163 views)
A colleague who has an active brain [In reply to] Can't Post

wonders if that's once reason why music is so popular - as well as being fun and asking searching questions from time to time, perhaps it helps those with the inner voice to silence it for a while (which is why he listens to music at work).

It might also explain why I'm not much into music. I prefer silence around my home so that I can hear the wind and the birds (there's sod-all traffic around here).

It's an intriguing question. Do you think there might be something to that?

Alassëa Eruvande

Fri, 3:02pm

Post #5 of 6 (90 views)
I think in sentences. [In reply to] Can't Post

That's probably why I'm in the Grammar Police and Spelling Police. Smile
I really rein myself in, though, so I'm not constantly correcting people. But you folks are messing with my head!! Laugh
Right now, as I type, I'm saying the words in my head, along with the song "Mr. Brightside", by The Killers. There is no actual music playing in the room, though. Crazy

Superuser / Moderator

Fri, 8:51pm

Post #6 of 6 (69 views)
Do you ever want to shut off the noise? [In reply to] Can't Post

Or would that be like asking if you ever want to type without using your hands?


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