I found one word soliloquy but its meaning lies in "act of speaking", where I want the meaning to be more general like just talking to your self, whether loud or silent. Also soliloquy is drama jargon, I want a common generic word.

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    Not one word, but this is usually referred to as an internal monologue
    – JonLarby
    Nov 25, 2016 at 11:30
  • [I will not tell you, etc] my thoughts. Nov 25, 2016 at 14:16
  • soliloquy is most definitely a drama/play jargon so I don't recommend it. How's "brainstorming" or "bouncing ideas" or "deliberate with myself" Nov 26, 2016 at 0:40
  • An 'aside' could also be relavent, but that too is more about drama Dec 6, 2016 at 14:05
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    It's called talking to yourself. Dec 6, 2016 at 14:34

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"Reflect", "ruminate", "ponder", "deliberate" all refer to a thoughtful conversation with yourself.

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    – NVZ
    Apr 5, 2017 at 18:04

Thinking out loud.

Talking yourself through (something).

Thinking things through.

Dialogue with (your)self.

  • Also "self-talk" is very good, e.g. "positive self-talk." Nov 26, 2016 at 0:07

Soliloquy is your ‘more general like just talking to yourself, whether loud or silent’ Both are quite distinct from a definition that might start with ‘act of speaking…’ but continues as ‘an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers…’

The clue is the ‘sol’ from late Latin soliloquium, from Latin solus ‘alone’ + loqui ‘speak’. even ‘a part of a play involving a soliloquy.’

That it often refers to 'a part of a play involving a soliloquy' or even even ‘a part of a play involving a soliloquy’ doesn't make it drama jargon… ask for instance https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=soliloquy&rlz=1C5CHFA_enGB718GB718&oq=soliloquy&aqs=chrome..69i57.1158j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8


I rather like the word "musing".

  • Could you please explain why? That would make a much better answer.
    – Chenmunka
    Apr 20, 2017 at 13:25
  • The question was "Is there any word for “conversation with myself”? Musing is just one of the synonyms. Whether it is the best is a matter of opinion. "Soliloquy" is the only one suggested that really fits the definition since it means actually talking i.e. voicing your thoughts as opposed to thinking. I would not refer to that word as "jargon".
    – Aled Cymro
    Apr 21, 2017 at 18:36

There's a polish word for it, i think it's juskah or something like that, (sorry I've only ever heard it be said, not seen it written down,) but basically it stands for "the hypothetical conversation that you convusively play out in your head" I really hope you read this and it's not too late to let you know

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    But the questioner wanted a common word, and presumably in English...?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Apr 25, 2017 at 6:56

Jouska refers to a hypothetical conversation you would compulsively play out in your head. Albeit there is probably more meaning to it, you should look it up and see if it fits what you are searching for.

  • Please do not mislead visitors, and more importantly the OP, by suggesting that this word is recognized and used in the English language. It is not. It is a neologism, a word that has not (yet) caught on, created by a somewhat imaginative poet dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/24567910939/jouska
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jul 14, 2018 at 12:05
  • Also, you should not exhort others to "look it up". You should do that and present that corroboration in your answer. And you should not simply repeat an answer which has already been given, especially since that says the word is not in fact English.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jul 14, 2018 at 13:16

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