Private Speech

  Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky coined the term “private speech” to refer to the audible speech spoken to oneself for communication, self-guidance, and self-regulation of behavior. Children from age two to about seven years old can be observed engaging in private speech. Although it is audible, it is neither intended for nor directed at other people. From age seven to about ten years old, private speech gradually decreases and becomes inaudible “inner speech.”

  Although private speech is believed to decrease and eventually disappear by the age of ten, I believe that many of us maintain our use of private speech on varying levels in our adult lives as well.

  This work is an attempt to examine my relationship with myself through the exploration of ego-oriented complexes. This is a personification of my own private speech. 

Anthony Heatley

March 2017

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