Voices in our heads
When we ‘hear’ ourselves think, plan or create, or anything really, it is like having a bunch of people constantly with us talking to us, with us and giving their view of the world as each ‘voice/person’ sees it. Each voice or person has its own role to play in the creation or storage of knowledge; memories and our overall interpretation of the world we live in. Each voice seems to have the capacity to think, integrate new information with previous experiences an image or dream.
Most people are aware of their voices as they are just there, and we don’t seem to be able to get away from the noise they make. Information in the conscious mind goes on like a chattering commentary of how things are according to how each ‘voice’ sees it and so, it is possible to have any number of voices giving their opinion about a single event. Very often these voices take on a position or view based on the dominant character we inherited or were exposed to such as the critic, the analyst, the thinker, or the child.
The layering effect of recurring evidence (repeated scenarios of a similar theme) adds weight to the core perceptions we develop and concretised the beliefs we have about ourselves. To help clarify this, think back to a scenario of things falling into place – you applied for a job and you were successful. The voices that come to mind could be celebratory from your parents or friends; a significant other who always told you “You could do anything you set your mind to!” These voices confirm and re-inforce the belief you can achieve and receive.
If on the other hand you had experiences of being unsupported, or self-doubt, the voice that comes up could be one questioning “How did it happen that you got the job?” or “How long you are going to keep it?” The voices are merely a reflection of our self-perception and self-belief and with this knowledge we can gain insight into how we view ourselves and what we project to the world.
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