- Mental Health
Those Voices Within
Those Voices Within
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
Eloquent as that voice may be and no matter what conclusions are drawn from its explanation, it is often prudent to reconsider before acting on these kinds of recommendations. We all have an inner voice; it is the resounding of our conscious mind relaying often unconscious motivations. This is why the voice feels as if it were from someone else, another viewpoint or even some mystical being offering guidance.
In essence, our darkest motivations come from within, the result of a plethora of experience and pain that can only reside in the unconscious. That little voice that arises is often a subconscious lie wanting to evolve into the conscious. The reality of its truth may or may not be valid as it is a bias, a learned group of experiences that develop into a belief and therefore an attitude. That inner voice can be the greatest deception of all.
This is the scenario that fuels the psychopath to enact heinous crimes, the inner voice motivating the release of dark and disturbing experience into the conscious and then into the physical. To this person, the enactment is a release from the burden of carrying these dark motivations. They become so powerful they and the voices override normal functions and become dominant, the subject unable to contain the emotional and psychological outpouring.
For us, as normal functioning human beings in a psychological sense, the inner voice can be a positive indicator and not some dark spectre. The voice can be one of reason and a warning. It’s that gut instinct that we so often ignore, that first impression that we choose to put aside for the sake of another need. How many times have you said, ‘I knew I shouldn’t have done that.’ Our inner voice tells us straight up, that person’s a loony or that idea is a bad one, yet for some reason we ignore it.
The problem is the inner voice comes from a place of learned experience, a culmination of all we have been through, good and bad. It’s not easy to distinguish what is positive knowledge and what is a negative bias. This is where our understanding and consideration comes into play. When we hear that voice we must consider why. Gut feelings about people and circumstances are rarely wrong and they arise because we have come across this before and the red flag immediately appears. Listen carefully to what you are subconsciously saying and rationalise it, don’t cast it aside haplessly.
Darker motivations arise in a different way and the voice can appear in dialogue, a subtle mental chatter and undermining of your normal thoughts and actions. You don’t have to be crazy or be a psychopath to know what I’m talking about. Our minds are powerful and what is trapped deep within us can rise and mould our actions and attitudes without us noticing. What I’m saying is that we all have this inner voice or dialogue that should be understood.
How we think and act is learned for all our experiences, and how we are conditioned depends on how we rationalise and understand ourselves. The inner voice is one mechanism that we can observe to learn more about our sunconscious mind and how we can better relate to the world.
In studying psychology, you learn quickly the line between what we assume is normal and what is defined as abnormal is a fine line. The more you develop understanding of this subject the more you relate to people who suffer mental illness and the irreparable damage that negative experience can create.
In conclusion, we all have an inner voice and what it says and suggests can be a path of learning more about us, and the complexities of the human mind.