I do it often. Maybe not arguing as much as talking.
Almost always it's when I'm trying to understand where someone is coming from or convince them of something that I think they just don't get.
I think it's normal. It's part of your effort to understand it all yourself, to sort it out. It's like sifting -- you want to separate the big rocks from the little rocks and the sand. It takes time.
You can go too far with this
When I find myself repeating the same things over and over in my head, having the same conversation, making the same arguments, I know I'm crossing over to the dark side.
The dark side of control
"If I just think hard enough, talk to myself enough, work hard enough, I'll be able to make this thing I'm dealing with turn out the way I think it should. I'll understand. They'll understand. And I'll have peace."
Those faux conversations are useful up to a point. They help you gain some perspective and insight, and they help you rehearse a real conversation. All good.
Problem is, it's NOT a real conversation. It's all just you.
You're imagining what the other person is thinking and saying. You're making it up! You don't really know!
And for me, I subtly transfer trust for the results away from God and to my own powers of logic and persuasion.
When that conversation in your head starts repeating itself, that's the sign to