Apparently, Not Everyone Has An Internal Monologue With Themselves

Alright, Internet. This one’s a doozy. A Twitter user by the name @KylePlantEmoji found out that people’s brains function differently. And to be honest, his revelation is shocking—and sort of scary.

Kyle tweeted that he’d just found out that some people do not have an internal narrative—they “just have abstract non-verbal thoughts.”

It seems like sort of a crazy tweet, right? It sort of just pops up on your feed, slams down its intense revelatory wisdom, and then drops the proverbial mic.

According to Psychology Today, “Human beings talk to themselves every moment of the waking day. Most readers of this sentence are doing it now… In fact, we talk to ourselves during dreams, and there is even evidence for inner speech during deep sleep, the most unconscious state we normally encounter. Overt speech takes up perhaps a tenth of the waking day, but inner speech goes on all the time.”

But some people don’t have it, because some people think in feelings, images, symbols—without a voice or words.

And yes, this did blow the Internet’s mind, if they could even get their minds around it. Like, don’t we all talk inside our heads all day long?

Suddenly, it was like the Internet was taking a theoretical physics class or smoking a very fat joint together:

It feels impossible to imagine a world where a person doesn’t have an internal dialogue…

Even really, really, super, smart people (like this historian below) couldn’t quite figure it out.

Some people, of course, described also thinking in abstractions that just couldn’t be put into words:

The non-verbal thinkers seem to struggle with translating the thoughts, too:

In fact, some people don’t see images in their minds, either.

Then, a guy named Ryan Langdon saw the tweet and wrote about it on his blog after talking to his Instagam followers about it:

“My day was completely ruined yesterday when I stumbled upon a fun fact that absolutely obliterated my mind. I saw this tweet yesterday that said that not everyone has an internal monologue in their head. All my life, I could hear my voice in my head and speak in full sentences as if I was talking out loud. I thought everyone experienced this, so I did not believe that it could be true at that time,” he wrote.

So he then posted a poll on Instagram “to get a more accurate assessment of the situation. Currently, 91 people have responded that they have an internal monologue and 18 people reported that they do not have this. I began asking those people questions about the things that they experience and it is quite different from the majority.”

Here are some of the responses he got from his Instagram poll:

He ended by saying, “Well, as I write this and as I hear my own voice in my head, I am continuing to fall down the rabbit hole.”