In the Zen tradition, there is the phrase "Nen nen ju shin ki" which means something like "Thought following thought." Sometimes this concept is translated with the help of the words "first nen" and "second nen" where each "nen" is a reaction to the previous one. We can think of our thoughts, memories, visualizations, or sensations as good or bad, and as true or false. Particularly with the judgment of word-thought as true or false we continue this reactionary "nen" process. Another way to think of thoughts is as in context, sort of like a Jenga puzzle or concept map, where each thought is part of a system and is related to other thoughts.
Since words tend to take the form of form, thoughts also tend to categorize various sensations. In this way we have the labeling of hot or cold, life or death, black or white, or self or other. It seems that Buddhists practice non-attachment to these judgments with the observation of the incomparable uniqueness of everything. This is referred to as Buddha-nature and Buddhists say there is no word for this because all words are defined relatively.
In Western cultures this is often referred to as the "inner monologue" and takes the form of a small inner voice keeping a running commentary on things related to oneself. In some people this inner monologue can be unintentionally said aloud or indeed put down in written form. The individual suffering from this disorder can be quite unaware they are doing it.
See this comment you made here Chucky?
binklebonk wrote:Dude... The goatee just makes that look wrong....
Then I suggest you shave it off.
That's your inner monologue that is! That's you you're talking about..
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