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Some websites say "are you listening to yourself?" = "Are you understanding what you're saying?" Source

I don't think the above explains accurately.

I think "are you listening to yourself?" is similar to "are you honest to yourself"?

This site said "Listening to yourself means noticing the voice in your head and your intuition or gut feeling. When you are in a situation, be aware of the wisdom that your body, mind, and spirit are offering you."

So, is "are you listening to yourself" similar to "are you honest to yourself" or "listening to what your soul are providing for you"?

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    I think "Are you listening to yourself?" is more like saying "Are you crazy?" or "Are you out of your mind?". – Mikiko Aug 12 '16 at 7:47
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    A native speaker would never say "Are you honest to yourself?" We would say: "Are you honest with yourself?" – P. E. Dant Aug 12 '16 at 8:27
  • @Tom Note that the italki page has nothing about listening. It's about listen. This may or may not make a real difference in different contexts, though. – Damkerng T. Aug 12 '16 at 9:55
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listen to yourself, on its own, is self-help terminology with a variety of different meanings depending on which self-help guru is speaking or writing- be honest with yourself, listen to your soul, believe in yourself, trust your gut feeling, etc. If a self-help guru says are you listening to yourself?, you have to take it in the context of what they have written to understand what it means.

When an ordinary person says are you listening to yourself?, it means

You are talking rubbish, and if you stopped and thought about what you were saying, you would realise that.

Here is an example from the West Wing, in which C.J. uses this expression to Mandy: listen to it, and I think you will agree that C.J. is not trying to offer Mandy self-help advice.

  • Maybe "are you listening to yourself" has 2 meanings. 1-"meaning you are talking rubbish" used in everyday conversation like you said. 2-"meaning listening to your soul or something like that" in philosophy beliefnet.com/columnists/awakenyourtruth/2015/07/… – Tom Aug 12 '16 at 9:16
  • also see clarisconsulting.net/are-you-listening-to-yourself – Tom Aug 12 '16 at 9:19
  • Here it said "listening to yourself means you believe in yourself and make decisions that are the best for yourself. Only you know you the best. Noone knows you better than you do" balanceinme.com/blog/listen-to-yourself – Tom Aug 12 '16 at 9:24
  • Here it said "Listening to yourself means noticing the voice in your head and your intuition or gut feeling. When you are in a situation, be aware of the wisdom that your body, mind, and spirit are offering you." books.google.com.vn/… – Tom Aug 12 '16 at 9:28
  • @Tom, you should really update your question to include these references so that I, and other answerers, can address them in our answers, rather than in a comment. – JavaLatte Aug 12 '16 at 9:34

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