Here’s a hypothesis about interactions. Often when we’re talking to other people, we’re talking to ourselves.
There is often advice in our conversations, which we want to give ourselves but are too lazy to adopt. There are things we wish someone had told us earlier, when we were in the same spot. There are reassurances in our conversations, words we want to tell ourselves but aren’t too strong enough to tell it directly. Conversations with someone else at times are basically talking to a previous version of us - us from 3 months ago, a relationship or a decision ago.
This isn’t a new hypothesis at all, but I found it interesting enough to write about because I wanted to know if other people also do this, and realize it later [or are realizing now after reading this]. Of course, there is nothing wrong in doing this, its a feature of our interactions with people. But it is surely interesting that we do this.