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Why do people refer to themselves in third person?

Asked by tinyfaery (43489points) September 20th, 2008

Tinyfaery would like to know why people refer to themselves in third person? Do you have opinion about people who do so? Does this say something about their psychological make up?

Because tinyfaery doesn’t like it when people refer to themselves in the third person.

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marinelife's avatar

Huge egos. I was really taken aback when Sarah Palin kept calling herself “we.” Third person is even worse!

Snoopy's avatar

My kids do it…..but then they are excused as they are still sorting through the whole “proper use of language” thing. They are still in preschool.

kevbo's avatar

@marina, I say “we” a lot, but it’s because I’m a Gemini. ;-)

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cheebdragon's avatar

maybe they think, you wont know who they are talking about…..? or they just really want to make sure you know their name…..?
Just start referring to yourself in the third person, and then it will seem like a little party….

Nimis's avatar

I’m not sure why Nimis does it.
Maybe Nimis just gets bored sometimes?
Boredom can usually explain much of Nimis’ behavior.

gailcalled's avatar

We think that Nimis should get a hobby.

cheebdragon's avatar

Collecting airsickness bags maybe? I hear its going to be more popular, than collecting magnets ever was

Lightlyseared's avatar

Lighltyseared does it to distance himself from himself.

girlofscience's avatar

Wasn’t there a Seinfeld episode about this? What was the name?

P.S. – Why have all of pholosophy’s responses been removed by Fluther moderators?

^ – my first use of whisper on Fluther!

cheebdragon's avatar

There are lots of hobbies to choose from….LMAO

Nimis's avatar

Gail: Nimis has many hobbies!
Talking in third person is one of them.
Just kidding. Nimis realizes that it’s annoying.
Nimis just thought it was the most appropriate response to the question.

Harp's avatar

Philo was a troll

gailcalled's avatar

Gail wonders whether Nimis is entitled to use the Royal ‘we”. We think so.

asmonet's avatar

asmonet does not know why others do it, but asmonet thinks its jolly good fun. asmonet judges only when its clear that speking in the third person is ‘normal’ for them…if it’s a joke, asmonet digs it. like dirt.

MacBean's avatar

MacBean does it sometimes for the same reason as Lightlyseared.

Randy's avatar

Randy never does it. Randy is scared when talking to people that talk in third person because it makes Randy sometimes talk bad about the person that Randy is talking to because Randy sometimes forgets that he’s talking to that person.

Comedian's avatar

Adrienne’s done it before and Adrienne thinks it’s pretty fun. Adrienne just doesn’t for fun, but not all the time, because that would be silly.

augustlan's avatar

Augustlan thinks these people are mighty full of themselves, unless they are using it as a blogger’s “voice”.

torisecret's avatar

i think its creepy :)

generalspecific's avatar

to spice things up! :)
we always think it makes it a bit more interesting, don’t you?
(not that i actually do it)

MacBean's avatar

So, looking at the answers so far, I’d say people refer to themselves in the third person for one of two reasons:

1.) Too much self-esteem
2.) Not enough self-esteem

gailcalled's avatar

Clinically, grandiosity covers both of MacBean’s reasons. Apparent need to be the center of the universe with an underlay of severe insecurity. (Unless you are Queen Victoria, who had no sense of humor and was never amused by the royal “we.”)

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