How Your Thoughts Turn Into Words:
I’m going to explain how I subjectively view my “thoughts into words” process, and then try to take this idea one step further. If you follow along, you may (hopefully) be able to boost your metacognition level!
I view my thinking process a little like this:
- I get a thought, which is best described as a concept or idea I can intuitively understand, but is not put into words.
- Shortly after that, my brain begins to take that thought and parse it into “brainspeak” in my head. This is where the voice in my head comes in and starts “translating” the thought into a language.
- I start to speak aloud, or I finish composing the words in my head first, and then say it aloud.
So if you had to summarize the steps of how I turn thoughts into words, which we’ll call the Thought to Speech Transition, you may say something like, “The Thought to Speech Transition process is about how thoughts first start out as wordless concepts, that are next turned into words inside the head, that are finally spoken aloud”.
The Cool Part:
Now that you know what the Thought to Speech Transition process is, try accessing it from your mind: Your thoughts might be a little something like this:
“Let me think… the Thought to Speech Transition…”
<before your brain even begins to think, “it’s when wordless…”>
<insert sudden flash of the wordless concept where you intuitively grasp what the Thought to Speech Transition but haven’t said it aloud in “brainspeak” yet>.
Basically, the act of thinking about how thoughts start as wordless concepts, which then turn into coherent language phrases in “brainspeak” will allow you to really feel that wordless concept (that your thoughts start as wordless concepts) before it develops into a full-fledged thought.
As your brain tries to say, “thoughts start as wordless concepts…” you’ve already grasped the wordless concept of the Thought to Speech Transition.
So really focus on what it feels like to “know” the entire contents of your thought, but before you’ve really “translated” it into language in your head. It might feel a little like a “flash” or “jolt” of info.