When we walk down the street, or drive to work, we have thoughts running through our head, and we have an inner monologue going on. What if you could hear the inner monologue of someone else? You can’t ever, really, but an anthropologist came close, and the results are nothing short of fascinating.
We are all trapped in our own heads. We strive to live in the moment, but little things bother us, and we ruminate over them.
Anthropologist Andrew Irving tried his best to show what others are thinking as they walk down the streets of New York. He got a few pedestrians to agree to hook a headset microphone on, and then verbalize every thought that pops into their head.
While I would argue that once the mic is on, thought patterns change, and when you verbalize thoughts, they inherently come out a bit differently than the original thought. But still this video is fascinating to watch for many reasons.
One is how deep inside ourselves we usually are. We want to be present, but every little stimulus around us, from others on the street, to how the neighborhood is changing permeates our thoughts, even as a bigger problem occupies our brain.
Here is a video of one of the experiments. I know it is long, but at least watch the first woman, who is working through someone she knows dealing with cancer. And yet, despite the deep thoughts about that, her quest to find a Staples store is always present, her thoughts popping from analysis to banal navigation.