Feeling anxious, upset, or sad? Natural.
Feeling reflective? Non-productive?
You may be overthinking. Overthinking is:
- Going over a failure or conflict, again and again, to see how it could have gone better.
- Ranting and raving about the wrongs that have been done to you.
- Trying to figure out why life isn’t living up to your expectations.
- Constantly reflecting on your sadness.
Overthinking is so common that many consider it natural, sometimes even productive.
No. Sorry. Overthinking is not productive.
Overthinking is a modern phenomenon that's unnatural and counterproductive.
Overthinking? Don't you mean correct thinking? It's better to confront a problem than to ignore it.
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Spend more time thinking about it and you’ll discover an insight you missed.
That's why your attention keeps coming back to it. The underlying concerns and emotions haven't been addressed.
Overthinking is poison.
Most problems have causes which no amount of reflection will uncover. (3)
And what you'll learn in this post – overthinking was designed by evolution to trigger depression and abandonment, not effective problem-solving. (4)