This is something me and my boyfriend noticed while we were idly chatting about our various mental weasels. We both have a tendency to personify our brains as some kind of separate entity from our 'selves'- 'my brain is being a dick', 'my brain thinks that', 'my brain wants'. It's invariably negative-we both have a definite feeling on frequent occasions that 'we' know that we don't have to feel bad about something, or be anxious, or misgender someone, but 'our brains' are forcing us to be or do so anyway. I've also noticed that there are times when something negative occurs in my brainspace, but it doesn't feel right to attribute it to 'my brain' because it feels like the motivation for doing it is also attributable to 'me'. I had a great example of that while we were initially discussing it, but of course now I've forgotten it entirely. I've seen Seebs do the same thing, and other people who've written in also, but it doesn't seem to be entirely universal? We did wonder if it was mostly something that people with mental illnesses did, and that more neurotypical people were less likely to do it- or maybe, I've just started wondering, it's something of a function of realising that you have a mental illness and trying to separate it from the part of you that's not entirely fucked over. I've seen one of my other friends do it a bit, but not another, and of course I forgot to actually ask him if he did do it and I just hadn't seen or he didn't express it in words. So I suppose I am collecting anecdata. I do love me some anecdata.