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Whenever I'm around my family, I think about scrottie's concept of the "thought tragedy of the commons," which stems from his trying to understand how his mother functions in the world. The basic idea is that when you're around a group of people, it's easy to lose track of your train of thought, or have that train of thought get derailed by other people talking. The consequence is that more dominant parties will start to narrate all of their thoughts out loud, in order to hold on to them, and then no one else is able to maintain any semblance of a train of thought.

After some period of time, this drives S crazy, and it drives me crazy as well. I prize peace and quiet and the ability to maintain an internal monologue. Certain circumstances, however, like visits with family, can make this challenging to realize. My brother, for instance, seems to prefer an external monologue, heh.

All of which is to say, I suspect I'm going to be caught up in the doing-of-things for the next couple of days, without much time for reflection or blogging. Have fun without me, internets! :-D

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pigshitpoet
Jul. 9th, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
bon voyage!
happy landings.. or should i say, meanderings...
rebeccmeister
Jul. 9th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: bon voyage!
Thank you! I always enjoy my Pacific Northwest adventures tremendously!
bluepapercup
Jul. 10th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC)
Have a great time on STP, I'm sure it will be a blast!

I have lots to speak about on this topic, BTW - but I'll come back to this post in a few days.
randomdreams
Jul. 10th, 2015 05:15 am (UTC)
So envious of your trip!

Man, I'm so apt towards external monologue. I'm trying hard to stop, though.
rebeccmeister
Jul. 10th, 2015 01:21 pm (UTC)
I think the external monologuers and internal monologuers can get along, so long as there's some form of quiet space built in. But I'd have to judge in person. :-D

All of the bike travel this year has been really fun, although somewhat financially stressful. Worth it in the long run, methinks!
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