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Re: Is too much psychological thinking good for you? happyflower

Posted by JenStar on June 12, 2005, at 15:48:07

In reply to Re: Is too much psychological thinking good for you?, posted by happyflower on June 12, 2005, at 15:39:56

hi happy flower,
I think it's good that you're learning more about yourself! Sometimes thinking marathons can be really great.

I guess I was speaking from personal experience that applies to me specifically. Sometimes I get caught up in a circle of thought: I think about doing something instead of actually DOING it; then I think about thinking about it instead of doing it; then I think about that some more. And after a while I'm caught up in a circle of thought and I've kind of 'paralyzed' myself out of action.

And then there are other times that I try to suspend this "overthinking" and just dive into something and get on with it.

But I think that the 'overthinking' I'm talking about is a bit different from what you and others experience in therapy. It's different from therapeutic thought. It's a sort of NON-therapeutic thought-cycle I can get into, and I can "trigger" my way into it thru therapy sometimes. But I believe it's part of my anxiety disorder - I tend to obsess about things and worry about them too much. Sometimes I get thoughts 'stuck' in my head. For me, that's what overthinking means!

I don't know if any of that makes sense! To ME it does, but it's very hard to explain it.

But for me, sometimes when I start thinking about therapy and talking about it a LOT, I tend to find myself in these rumination pathways more often.

But still, I enjoy thinking and learning about psychology. I'm afraid of learning about myself, a bit. I guess I'm afraid that I'll try to plumb the depths and find that they're not that deep after all.





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