Have you ever found yourself having a conversation with, well, yourself?

Have you ever then turned red with embarrassment as you notice those around you watching you, giving you stares, and pointing to “the crazy person”? As it turns out, there’s actually no reason to be embarrassed at all. You’re probably just a genius.

How could this be possible? You’re probably thinking, don’t crazy people talk to themselves? Society has built this negative stigma around talking to yourself, so many feel embarrassed when caught.

Turns out, it’s actually a sign of being a genius.

Studies show that talking to yourself can make you learn more quickly, think more efficiently, and boost long term memory.

One study, printed by the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that verbal stimulation altered ongoing perceptual processing. This means that talking to themselves, especially when repeating the name of an object, significantly helped participants of the study become more receptive to the object they said aloud, making it easier to find the object if they searched for it.

Many experts and studies have actually done research in order to see how talking to yourself helps. Here’s the top ways, all backed up by science.

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