Here’s the deal. Do I find it annoying when people ask themselves questions out loud? Yes. Is it a ridiculous way of communicating? Absolutely. Do I desperately wish they’d just speak in sentences that end in a period, like the rest of us? You bet.
Have you ever met one of these asked and answered folks? They’re something else.
Their incessant self-directed queries render your presence meaningless. Clearly, they have no trouble carrying on a conversation all by themselves.
“Did I make a mistake? Probably. Would I do it again? No. Do I have all the answers? Of course not. Do I think I’m moving in the right direction? I really do. Am I glad you’re here to talk this through with me? Yes.”
Do I wish you’d stop asking yourself questions? YES.
Some thoughts are meant to stay in your head. Like your actual opinion of your mother-in-law’s famous tuna casserole, your idea for a toe nail clippings sculpture of Wayne Newton and any and all questions about your own thoughts or behavior that could easily be converted into declarative statements.
So, how am I going to do it? I don’t know. How will I stop people from asking themselves questions? Not sure. Can anyone really stop once they’ve started communicating this way? Apparently not. Do I wish I’d never written this? A little bit. Am I thinking that I’ve become that which I mock? All signs point to yes. Is this joke starting to annoy me, even as I write it? Asked and answered.