Don’t worry, you're not a schizophrenic.
We all have different voices in our head.
These voices have been labelled differently throughout eastern thought, western science and global interpretation.
You may have heard names such as the “ego”, the “chimp” or the “inner child”.
The way I like to interpret the brain is to compare it to real-life situations:
If you are walking your dog and the dog bites a stranger, you can’t just say “ah stupid dog, he’s got a mind of his own!” No, you take responsibility for the dog as its owner.
This is how I see our more reasonable, higher self looking over the reactive, emotional facet of ourselves – an owner walking his dog.
Another way to think of it, for the more programming-inclined likes of you is this:
The ego is not the operating system, it is the user interface.
This shows how the ego is not us, it is a facet of our consciousness that we can use methodically whenever we choose.
However, what really blows my mind is how there are actually three voices in our head- at least three.
I like to think of this as a court case.
There are two lawyers, each giving a valid argument with supporting evidence. However, at the end of the day, the judge makes the final choice.
The judge is you. You have the choice to choose what voice you act upon.
You either choose the easy route or the correct route. It may suck for now, but trust me, in the long run, you will look back and thank yourself.
“If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing todo what’s hard, life will be easy” – T. Harv Eker
So what voice is the You? What voice is the I?
The beauty of the human condition is that it is up to you.
In every situation, the voices will be begging for your recognition, each crying out with unrelenting evidence that supports their claims.
The power to choose is in your hands, or, well, your mind.
Whatever voice you choose is you at that moment.
The voice you choose more often becomes your default state, making the other voices just a bit quieter.
So choose wisely.