Created By: bulmabriefs144 on January 7, 2013 Last Edited By: bulmabriefs144 on January 8, 2013

Speaking From Experience

A monologue that ends with a realization it's about the person

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The script says you look hurt, not like you're about to cry.Haven't you ever been hurt? Or do you usually hurt others? Your character just got dumped. Haven't you ever wanted to die because of a woman? I'll tell you how it feels. You're not able to eat or sleep. It's hell whether you're asleep or awake. You can't figure out why you ended up drifting apart. You can't tell others then because they'll badmouth him. So you cry alone. (Pan to flashback of her crying) It's over, you've broken up. But sweet memories keep flooding back. The more you do, the more you try to forget, the harder it becomes. To the person who just got dumped, every day is a process of breaking up. But what really hurts is the fact that your ex seems to be fine. You're the only one crying...
Secret Garden, Episode 6

You know the feeling, you just meet the old man sitting atop a mountain on your quest for the meaning of life. But the truth he tells you just isn't that profound, he tells you to reject all women because they'll break your heart. Then he goes into detail about what other thing women do, leading you to suspect that he's Speaking From Experience.

Similar to a Suspiciously Specific Denial, this isn't fooling anyone. It's advice that reflects far too much personal knowledge about the subject matter for it not to have happened to them. Because Viewers Are Morons, this usually ends with either the person realizing where their own advice came from (and running off to take care of unfinished business), or one of the other cast members noticing that it's probably personal experience.

Contrast ...And That Little Girl Was Me, which is story rather than advice format, and ends with the realization that the character is specifically them, rather than a lesson learned from an event that happened to them. If it turns out to be a sad experience, this can be a Pet the Dog moment, or at the least a Freudian Excuse.


  • In Secret Garden one of the secondary characters (sorry, forgot her name) is director for a film, and keeps yelling "cut." She delivers the entire quote in typical Emotionless Girl fashion for her, but the flashback it cuts to reveals a Not So Stoic side of her.
    • It turns out later that the very person she's giving advice is the one who dumped her.
  • In Kate & Leopold, Meg Ryan's character (Kate) is about to give a speech about how marketing is selling people what they want. Then she says that sometimes you find what you want is nothing like you expected, and (realizing what she wants is Leopold) promptly excuses herself.
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