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Talk in Third Person Day – March 3, 2023

Talk In Third Person Day is observed every March 3. On this day people talk to each other in the third person. Words like ‘I’, ‘you’, and ‘we’ are not allowed. People are supposed to refer to each other as ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘they’. Did you know that this day was celebrated for the first time 16 years ago? It is celebrated across the globe by people by talking in the third person and enjoying all the laughter and fun that follows. It allows people to do something different from their daily routine, and do something funny, creative, and entertaining.

History of Talk in Third Person Day

Not much is known about the origins of this holiday, except that it was created in 2006. The holiday is based on the philosophy of illeism. Illeism refers to the concept of talking in the third person. Many writers in the past have used this concept in their writing as they believed that some situations are better described that way. They also believed that it stirs emotions in a way that first or second-person descriptions can’t. Illeism has also been used by many politicians, actors, sportsmen, and other well-known personalities across the globe.

The idea is said to have been studied by Igor Grossmann, who is a professor of psychology at the University Of Waterloo in Canada. Grossman conducted a series of studies from which he concluded that if a person used illeism frequently, he/she might have a high I.Q. He also believed that talking in the third person might help one understand the other person’s perspective and increase intelligence in an individual.

The philosophy of illeism might have been the idea behind Talk In Third Person Day. Though there are some who believe that it might actually be a trait associated with someone who has a narcissistic personality. Others believe that illeism might be a wiser approach to explain certain situations. Ever since 2006, people have turned this day into a fun day of celebrating with friends by talking in the third person. Conversations might get awkward at first, but then people get the hang of it after a while.

Talk in Third Person Day timeline

1604
Shakespeare Uses Third Person

The dialogs in some of Shakespeare’s classics are written in the third person.

1809
The Term Illeism is Coined

Samuel Taylor Coleridge coins the term ‘illeism’ to describe talking in the third person.

2004
The Research Into Illeism

The concept of illeism and the associated behavior in people is studied by Igor Grossmann.

2006
The Talk In Third Person Day

Talk In Third Person Day is created as a fun activity that encourages people to talk in the third person.

Talk in Third Person Day FAQs

Is it OK to talk in the third person?

Research has shown that talking in the third person can reduce anxiety in some people. It also helps them make a distinction between different emotions and feelings.

Why does a child talk in the third person?

Children often talk in the third person as it is what they are exposed to. Parents often talk to their children in the third person as a sign of affection.

What are the three types of the third person in writing?

The three types of third-person in literary writing are — third-person omniscient point of view, third-person limited omniscient, and third-person objective.

Talk in Third Person Day Activities

  1. Talk in third person

    What better way to celebrate Talk In Third Person Day than by talking to friends and family members in the third person? It might feel awkward and funny, but that is the point! This day is for laughing and having fun.

  2. Share it on social media

    Let everyone share in the fun of this day. People can take videos of themselves engaging in conversations using the third person and post them on social media.

  3. Read more about the history of Illeism

    People should use this day to improve their knowledge. You can read more about the concept of illeism and how it affects the intelligence of an individual.

5 Facts About Celebrities Who Used Illeism

  1. It was used by MacArthur

    General Douglas MacArthur was known to use illeism while storytelling.

  2. It was used by Nixon

    President Richard Nixon is said to have used illeism in his conversations.

  3. It is used by LeBron

    N.B.A. star LeBron James is said to refer to himself in the third person on many occasions.

  4. It was used by Marilyn Monroe

    Yesteryear actress Marilyn Monroe is said to have used illeism.

  5. It was used by Jesus

    Jesus Christ is said to have referred to himself in the third person in John 17:1–3.

Why We Love Talk in Third Person Day

  1. It makes people do something out of the ordinary

    People are often caught up in their monotonous routine, and this day provides the perfect opportunity for doing something different. It gives people a chance to do something fun.

  2. It improves I.Q.

    It has been shown in research that people who use the third person in conversations tend to be more intelligent. This day provides people an opportunity to exercise their brains.

  3. It gives people a chance to expand their knowledge

    This is also a day of learning. This day gives people a chance to learn and read more about the philosophy of Illeism. You can learn more about its origins, its impact on the human brain, and its cultural significance.

Talk in Third Person Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 3Friday
2024March 3Sunday
2025March 3Monday
2026March 3Tuesday
2027March 3Wednesday

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