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philochristos
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4/10/2014 12:40:57 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I remember when I was going to UT Austin back in the 90's, I was walking to school from my apartment one morning thinking about how whenever I walk, I monologue or have conversations in my head, and the sentences flow freely, and my train of thought is unbreakable. But when I try to talk out loud to people, my words are jumbled, I'm inarticulate, and I frequently lose my train of thought. On this particular morning, I came up with a theory for why that was happening.

You see, whenever you say something, it begins as an idea in your head. Then you have to convert that idea into words. Then you have to say the words. Having said the words, the sound reaches your ear, a signal is sent to your brain, and your brain converts the signal into a meaning. Between the time you first begin to speak and when the words get back to your brain, there's a slight delay, so while you're mind has moved ahead, you're kind of hearing an echo.

So basically, I figured what was happening was that I was literally being distracted by the sound of my own voice. I thought that was a funny explanation, and I used to tell people that just to be funny, but I didn't actually believe it.

But then recently, I started seeing videos on youtube where people are using a "speech jammer." The speech jammer is an iphone app. You put on ear phones, and when you talk, the speech jammer creates a slightly delayed echo. You can adjust how much delay there is, but even with a very slight delay, it makes it really difficult to talk clearly. So the videos are kind of funny because people are struggling to speak clearly while using the speech jammer.

This struck me as interesting because the difficulty people were having in talking is the same sort of difficulty I have when talking out loud. It's not as bad with me, probably because I've been dealing with this for a long time. But since it's the same sort of thing, I wondered if maybe that explanation I came up with a long time ago was actually true. Maybe I really am distracted by the sound of my own voice.

People who know me may not think I'm inarticulate or that I stumble on my words a lot and lose my train of thought, but that's only because they have no way to compare my speech with what's going through my head. They only hear the speech. But talking is a struggle for me, and that includes just having normal conversations with people.

Y'all should search "speech jammer" on youtube and watch some of the videos. They're kind of funny. I have already downloaded the app. I plan to try it out on my nephews this weekend. :-)
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philochristos
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4/11/2014 8:47:43 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/11/2014 2:54:07 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:

many swags

Ha! That's the first one I saw.
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4/11/2014 9:34:03 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/10/2014 12:40:57 PM, philochristos wrote:
I remember when I was going to UT Austin back in the 90's, I was walking to school from my apartment one morning thinking about how whenever I walk, I monologue or have conversations in my head, and the sentences flow freely, and my train of thought is unbreakable. But when I try to talk out loud to people, my words are jumbled, I'm inarticulate, and I frequently lose my train of thought. On this particular morning, I came up with a theory for why that was happening.

This happens to me too. This is why I usually like to write instead of speak.
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4/11/2014 2:52:57 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I suffer from this aswell, lol. I think a lot of introverts do (assing you at an introvert, you are on the internet, after all). Whenever I do some video chatroom, like the recent mafia games we've been doing, I have to have my phone work as a camera and mic, while my computer is my screen to see and hear everyone else. This means I have two "accounts" or users on to do this. The phone picks up what I'm saying, but the computer thinks it is another person, so it feeds it back into my ear, after about a half second delay. It screws me up so bad. I usually have to close my eyes (not sure why that helps, but it does) and really focus and force my way through it.
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