Apparently, some people think in words, while others think in images or general senses. Apparently even when we put thoughts into words, like in preparation for speaking them, our brains don’t recognize them as words in the same way as when we perceive the words with our senses.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know I for one structure my thoughts with words all the time. Sure there are some thought processes going on in my head that are done without specific words, but the top layer of my consciousness carries out its business entirely in lexemes, like a constant internal dialogue with myself.
Words seem to completely structure my worldview. Maybe it has something to do with being a writer (which is to say, maybe the predeliction to be a writer is connected to the tendency to think in words). Certainly that seems to influence how I think in words. I often find myself structuring my thoughts in terms of scenes, or dialogues.
This happens especially when I’m thinking about possible future events. I’ll imagine the situation, the scene, the interaction, and I’ll even carry out actual conversations with people in my head — imagining what they might say, or anyway what I might say in their place. Actually, it’s entirely possible that what I imagine them saying isn’t necessarily what they would say or what I would say, but what I would have them say were I to write the dialogue. It’s whatever advances the conversation while at the same time making the conversation interesting.
If that wasn’t enough as it is, I often find that what makes the conversation interesting, in my mind, is an argument. After all, there can be no drama without conflict. So I’ll have this scene in my mind where I’m talking with someone, and they start arguing with me. And I’ll defend my position or my action (maybe this is all just a subconscious attempt to self-justify…). Of course, part of all this is that I have a very active imagination — and a very vivid one. The result of this is that somtimes, imagining an argument with someone in a future situation, I will find myself actually angry at that person in real life, for no reason. (This is all even more absurd, because I’m not often an argumentative person. While I can be quite stubborn at times, I usually try to avoid actual argument at all costs.)
My thoughts are so word-oriented that sometimes, rather than getting a song stuck in my head, I’ll actually get a piece of dialogue stuck in my head — perhaps a quote from a movie or something, that just keeps playing through my mind over and over and over.
This is just how I view my life. It’s all a story, a narrative, which I’m constantly writing and rewriting in my head.