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Speaking your thoughts out loud without realizing it. What is this disorder called?

Asked by SnugEmsCats (16points) September 21st, 2013

I have a friend who thinks he speaks his private thoughts out loud. He doesn’t mean to. He says it happens a couple of times a week. Is this a real disorder? What is the name for it?

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snowberry's avatar

verbal filter control problem, poor impulse control, autism, and bi-polar disorder come up when I search for what you describe.

Coloma's avatar

Oh jeez…no, it is not a disorder unless it IS a disorder. If you aren’t actually diagnosed as a schizophenric or other serious disorder, it is benign. It could be a symptom of anxiety at times for some.
I, on occasion, whisper to myself under my breath, and I also talk out loud to myself at times, crack myself up with random thoughts. I’m a comedienne at heart and highly verbose and witty.

Unless it is something someone does all the time, it’s just a bit of quirkiness for most.

Pachy's avatar

Autism or Tourette’s, maybe?

Bachmannitis also comes to mind.

Coloma's avatar

Oh yeah..Tourettes.
Well…as long as one is not slinging around profanity. lol

talljasperman's avatar

Like a isolated gold prospector from the 19th centaury. loneliness can cause this… Wilson come back Wilson.

Sunny2's avatar

If you spend a LOT of time alone,I don’t think it’s necessarily diagnosable.

boffin's avatar

Foot in Mouth Disease?

flo's avatar

It could just an excuse too.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar


oh shit, did I just say that?

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

Some people just seem to “think out loud.” As someone with a strong internal monologue, I find the habit extremely annoying.

For example, such a person can’t simply, quietly add paper to a photocopy machine. There’s a nonstop oration of, “How do I open this thing? Oh, this much be the latch. Where’s the paper? I wonder how much I should add. Is this enough? Yeah, that looks good. It’s amazing how much paper we use around here…”

Aethelwine's avatar

I hope it’s not a disorder because I’ve done this occasionally since I was a child. Some girls even made fun of me one time when I was really young. I thought I was just thinking out loud.

great, now I have a disorder I wasn’t aware of

josie's avatar

The key phrase is “without realizing it”
If you take voluntary action, without realizing it, you are at best severely neurotic, and probably psychotic.
I bet a lot that your friend is fully aware of what he is saying.
I think it is more likely that your friend is so self centered that he thinks he is entitled to act without any socially imposed restraints.
It is pretty common these days. Narcissism, solipsism, etc. Lots of names. They all describe what could easily be called the “I am special” disorder.

DWW25921's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies As someone who suffers from dumbass-ism i resemble that remark. Hey, at least it’s got a name! Yeah, I do that all the time, and so do I.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@jonsblond I think everyone does it occasionally, even those of us who usually keep our thoughts to ourselves. I wouldn’t worry. There’s nothing irritating about sometimes saying, “Now, where did I leave my keys?”. The annoyance happens when somebody turns an internal monologue inside-out and blab-blab-blabs without consideration.

CWOTUS's avatar

Until it actually interferes with his ability to live a “normal” life (whatever that means anymore), it’s “an idiosyncrasy”, and not a disorder at all. I feel like it’s a trait that should have a name, though, and I’m not sure that I’ve seen the name in this thread yet. Maybe it’s time for us to make one up.

DWW25921's avatar

@CWOTUS Autoaudiblethought Syndrome. Sounds a lot better than dumbass-ism…

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gailcalled's avatar

My mother did this. “I am going downstairs to the kitchen. I am turning the flame on under the tea pot. I have to go to the bathroom so I’m going back upstairs.” Any kind of silence frightened her.

My father used to spend a very long time on the toilet; I am convinced it was to get away from the sound of my mother’s voice.

It used to drive me nuts. When I discovered the world of the Quakers and their reverence for silence, I felt as though I had come home.

drhat77's avatar

Most odd things that people do are not actual disorders. If behavior is causing someone distress over it, then they can see a therapist about it. There are some behaviors which are not technically diagnosable be certain therapies can help reduce them.
But if it doesn’t bother him, he is unlikely to do something about it. Even if a doctor gave him a diagnosis.

talljasperman's avatar

A gossip or loudmouth.

gailcalled's avatar

We all, I suppose, have an internal monologue. Most of us keep it that way. My mother was unable to control hers. Narcissism? Lack of impulse control?

ETpro's avatar

In my case, it’s called computer programming.

antimatter's avatar

I saw that on House one day, can’t remember what House called it in that episode.

drhat77's avatar

@antimatter maybe @HouseMD should get a fluther account. Then @JLeslie and @snowberry can tear into him regularly. ;-P

bea2345's avatar

It happens to me often. My father was the same.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

This is not by itself a sign of a mental illness. If your friend functions well in day to day life, then this behaviour may be harmless. If it starts to interfere with his functioning, a professional evaluation and assessment would be a good idea.

I have a PhD is psychology and even I engage in such behaviour sometimes.

GregHouse's avatar

Frontal lobe disinhibition. Case solved.

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