My six year old daughter has this habit of self narrating everything she does (especially when she thinks no one is listening.) It's very interesting to listen to her, although difficult because she speaks under her breath, because the way she tells her life sounds like an well-written story. She also talks herself to sleep by telling herself stories.
If I ask her to tell me a story, she is immediately self conscious and has a completely different way of speaking - it sounds like an ordinary 6 year old making up a story; all of the interesting and complicated sentence structure and language, which she uses when she doesn't feel observed, disappears.
I wonder if anyone else has experienced this. I'd like to think of some ways to help her get over her self consciousness, because I feel that this special story-telling gift could be an enriching part of her life. As she gets older, I watch her becoming more and more self-critical about her artwork and more uncomfortable about people hearing her self-narrate. I am hoping that she doesn't stop one day.