The technical term for it is illeism from “ille”, the Latin for “he”, and history provides many examples, from Julius Caesar – who wrote a history of his Gallic campaigns as if he were an objective observer rather than a protagonist – to Charles de Gaulle and Richard Nixon, basketball megastar Le Bron James and Mikhail Gorbachev.
Toddlers are often illeists, before they fully grasp the use of “I” and “me”, so fictional characters portrayed as young children or simple-minded adults sometimes speak like this. Examples include Sesame Street’s Elmo and Jimmy from the sitcom, Seinfeld.
Psychotherapist Kim Schneiderman, author of Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life, says thinking about yourself in the third person has been shown to be healthy, and something that many successful people do naturally. What’s less normal is going from thinking to talking about yourself in the third person.
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