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Not everyone can hear their thoughts: This fact is blowing people's minds

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Are you a verbal or non-verbal thinker? (Photo: Shutterstock)

People on social media can't get over a tweet that was shared last week containing an interesting fact about internal narratives.

The post, by a user named Kyle, explains that some people have verbal internal narratives, where they hear their own thoughts as sentences, while others don't and instead have "abstract, non-verbal thoughts".

Yes, really.

Kyle went on to add that most people aren't aware that the other type of thinking exists - and it's clearly true as his tweet is blowing people's minds.

The tweet ultimately went viral garnering over 167,000 likes and more than 26,000 retweets. Thousands also responded to the post, sharing their shock upon discovering this information.

One person wrote: "Wait so some people don't have to suffer through the voice in their head going on a constant monologue?? Is that what it means to achieve inner peace??"

Another said: "How do people who don't verbalize their thoughts read? Do they not hear the words in their head as they're reading them? How do they know what they're reading if they don't hear it in their head?"

A third asked: "WHAT? I thought everyone heard what they wanted to say before saying it. Maybe that’s what determines speaking speeds. I think people that hear what they’re about to say can speak faster than people who can’t."

Someone else added: "You telling me thinking isn't always just a silent conversation with yourself? Like when someone thinks out loud on TV some people just take that as a metaphor?"

Plenty of people also came forward to admit they didn't hear their internal monologue - and explain what this experience was like for them.

"Being a non-verbal thinker it annoys me that I have to almost speak out what I'm writing and reading. But I love the silence and imagining mathematical theorems," commented one person.

A second replied: "My thoughts are def the abstract ones. If they contain words, it's more or less just fragments & not complete sentences until they're coming out. I think it's why I stumble over my words so often, stutter, always 5 levels ahead of whatever I'm actually saying, rambling, etc."

"I was literally baffled that some people don’t think in words. Even madder that lots of people can’t visualise colourful images in their brain. Brains are weird," tweeted a third.

You really do learn something new every day!

Which type of thinker are you? Let us know in the comments below.

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