ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Most people like to think of themselves as unique. At the same time, it can be unnerving to find out that you may be different than everyone else, that you may think differently than a lot of the population.
It is that sort of revelation, sparked by a recent tweet, that drew serious attention online last month.
A Twitter user by the name of @KylePlantEmoji pointed out that while many people have an inner monologue, others do not.
Fun fact: some people have an internal narrative and some don't— Kyle �� (@KylePlantEmoji) January 27, 2020
As in, some people's thoughts are like sentences they "hear", and some people just have abstract non-verbal thoughts, and have to consciously verbalize them
And most people aren't aware of the other type of person
While this isn't exactly breaking news scientifically, it's still surprising news to many of the of people who encountered the tweet. The post quickly drew attention as more than 168,000 people liked the tweet and more than 26,000 retweeted it.
To better understand the inner monologue, I spoke with Professor Robert Boeckmann from the psychology department at UAA who says part of the reason the tweet was so surprising to so many is because of an assumption we all make that others see the world the same way we do.
"The primary thing to point out here is first of all, that we tend to assume that everyone experiences reality the same way that we do, and that's the basis of the shock that's making this thing go viral."
Now that we've established two major ways of thinking, "inner monologue" and "abstract thought," the only remaining question is to determine...which one are you?
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