Sunday, 1 July 2018

Overthinking - I’d worry less if I had more sympathetic imaginary friends

Overthinking is a common affliction characterised by going over and over a scenario in our heads in an unproductive way.

It is often mistaken as problem-solving but as we replay imagined scenarios and their outcomes, more hypothetical “what if?” problems arise which require solutions, thus compounding and enforcing the pattern. This can lead to Analysis Paralysis, an extreme form of indecision whereby actions are never taken due to endless options being considered.