Is is normal to have conversations with people in your mind?

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Do you have conversations with imaginary versions of your friends in your head?
Poll ended at 01 Nov 2014, 6:06 pm
Yes, often. 76%  76%  [ 61 ]
Sometimes. 19%  19%  [ 15 ]
I've done it before, but only once or twice. 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
I've never done this before. 3%  3%  [ 2 ]
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18 Oct 2014, 6:06 pm

Hi. I have AS and I have mental conversations with imaginary versions of my friends in my head. Do other Aspies do this? Sometimes I do this when I'm having real conversations with real people also.


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18 Oct 2014, 6:15 pm

It's normal for me, anyway, I've done it for years. It used to really bother me, but I've come to accept that it's not likely something I can change. I always figured the reason was simply because I spent so much time alone.


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18 Oct 2014, 6:19 pm

I usually talk to myself out loud when I do it as well. I do it to prepare for social situations. If I don't prepare for different situations then I have great trouble talking. It is kind of funny when someone walks into the room and you're pacing and having an intellectual sounding conversation with yourself. :lol:


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18 Oct 2014, 6:34 pm

Ack. I thought everybody did this. Is this an Aspie thing or an everybody thing?



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18 Oct 2014, 6:34 pm

I do it all the time. And if I'm alone, I often do so out loud.



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18 Oct 2014, 6:39 pm

Do that all the time.
Especially when i'm going to meet someone and we'll have to chat. My mind just get uncontrolled, creating numerous conversations that could happen.



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18 Oct 2014, 7:17 pm

I often just say my thoughts out loud as if I'm talking to someone else, telling them about something, but it isn't to anyone in particular. I will usually only have conversations with real people in my head if I am preparing to do so in real life, or if I at least want to tell them those things. I have had a few times where I was talking (more like yelling) as if I was having a conversation with someone who made me angry, but they weren't actually there.

Talking to myself is pretty common when I'm alone, to be honest I probably do it more often than not, unless I'm really focusing on something. I will also sometimes quote my favorite lines to myself, usually from funny videos or movies that I like (and watch many times), or even making my own jokes, and then I laugh at them out loud... I'm sure I look pretty ridiculous to others when I'm doing that, judging from their reactions in the past, but I don't really care :lol:


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18 Oct 2014, 7:34 pm

L_Holmes wrote:

Talking to myself is pretty common when I'm alone, to be honest I probably do it more often than not, unless I'm really focusing on something. I will also sometimes quote my favorite lines to myself, usually from funny videos or movies that I like (and watch many times), or even making my own jokes, and then I laugh at them out loud... I'm sure I look pretty ridiculous to others when I'm doing that, judging from their reactions in the past, but I don't really care :lol:


Me too, on occasion. :lol: I also use quotes from things I've seen/read recently in conversation sometimes. People just think I'm really weird. 8)


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18 Oct 2014, 8:10 pm

It's nice to know I'm not weird..... Oh wait, I'm an aspie, of course I'm weird.


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18 Oct 2014, 8:12 pm

Practice makes perfect! Continue to rehearse! :D


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18 Oct 2014, 8:26 pm

I'm pretty sure even NTs do this.



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18 Oct 2014, 8:41 pm

i do it, but i think it is because im not good at social situations



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18 Oct 2014, 9:18 pm

Yes. If I don't rehearse in my head, then I freeze up and forget to bring up pertinent things in person.



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18 Oct 2014, 10:40 pm

Hmmm. I was just wondering this the other day. IIRC I came to the conclusion that this habit develops as the result of loneliness. In any case, I definitely do it alot haha



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18 Oct 2014, 10:56 pm

I've done this all my life. I use to lock the bathroom door at my parents house growing up and talk for almost an hour. My family would yell at me to get out but I was so caught up in my imaginary conversations that I couldn't leave the room until I was done. This happened mainly after I got home from school. Now I live alone and do it often. Sometimes I talk to my animals as if they are one of my co-workers.


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