May 30, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tom Greenwood

Go ahead, talk to yourself a little louder; it's good for you

Me: I have a confession to make. I talk to myself when I’m driving.

Me again: So do I!

OK, everyone who talks to themselves raise your hands.

Wow, it’s comforting to know I’m not alone. As for me, if talking to yourself while driving was a city I would be its mayor. If it were a sport I’d be its MVP.

But let’s define our terms and conditions.

When I say “talk to yourself” I mean just that: no mere muttering at the weather, no screaming at the idiot moves of the other drivers nor singing with or talking back to the radio.

And talking to a Bluetooth device doesn’t count, either.

I mean holding a conversation with yourself complete with dialogue, observations and questions ... and sometimes even answering your own questions.

According to smartlivingnetwork.com there are a number of reasons why we talk to ourselves:

■It allows us to try and solve problems, from chores we have to face when we return home or how to deal with that jerk at work.

■ It helps us set goals so we can finally do something to enact change in our lives.

■ It allows us to express our feelings about ourselves, others including real or imagined situations.

■ It gives us a chance to practice what we want to say before we ask for a raise, ask someone out or argue with the bank.

To this I might add my own diagnosis: it’s fun, it’s a stress reliever, it allows us to organize our thoughts and it can be a positive experience: “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and, doggone it, people like me!”

On the other hand it can be a little embarrassing when a car pulls along side and they look at you like you’re Travis “you talkin’ to me?” Bickle from “Taxi Driver.”

But at least I don’t talk using different voices or look at myself in the rear view mirror as I drive.

Because that would be crazy.

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