That voice inside your head - where does it come from? 

We bring back a topic that was one of our most popular for a long awaited part two. Today, what shapes your internal chatter.


Sana Qadar: Ethan is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. And last time we spoke about strategies for managing chatter, but there was so much left unsaid. So this time we're talking about some of the myths related to chatter and how your parents and your culture influence the nature of your inner voice.

Professor Ethan Kross: Cultures tell you what to care about and how to live your life. So in a certain sense, it's almost programming when your inner voice should act up to tell you, hey, things are not going well or things are going well.

Qadar: This is All in the Mind. I'm Sana Qadar. Today, the voice in your head and the influences that shape it.

Qadar: Thanks for coming back on the show. You were such a hit last time. People really responded to what you had to say. And it made me wonder, do you find that you're like generally a hit at dinner parties and things when you talk about your work? Are people instantly fascinated?

Kross: It turns out a lot of people are interested in, I would say, things happening inside their head that we all experience but haven't really learned a whole lot about earlier in life. So yeah, like, you know, the voice in our head, emotions, how to manage them. These tend to be popular dinnertime conversations. So that's fun.

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