Putting language on thoughts helps me evolve and check my thinking. Since I started going to therapy I have experienced a curious sensation on several separate occasions. It always goes something like the following: I try to explain my reasoning to another person, get tough questions from that same person, and then realize that I contradict myself.
I’m referring to the pre-packaged “comebacks” that are stored in long-term memory. These are the fruits of mental labor from a previous point in time, and they are not always logically consistent with my mindset (or world view) as of this very day.
Basically I have admitted two contradicting axioms over time but have not noticed their incompatability for whatever reason. This does not only happen in a therapeutic context but in general. I believe this is fundamentally human and why meditation and journaling helps so much.
My journey of self-discovery has proven to be all about elucidate my philosophical framework piece by piece, making logical conclusions explicit and thus admissible for examination.