Friend of mine posted the following up on Facebook and I thought I would share it.
Overthinking things seems like a common enough phenomenon on that you wouldn’t think it warranted further discussion. And yet, when it is a normal part of your day to day function, I guess it does.
I like her phone call example: so many variables for what is supposed to be a simple task. What is the correct time to call? What should I say first? Where should I be when I make the call? Should I have a paper and pen on hand? What if I need to leave a message? What do I say in the message? Maybe I should type out the message first…
I’ve always figured everyone thought that way, they just run through the list faster, as if they had the answers for steps 1-6 already loaded in the presets and are able to then go directly to step 7.
This is in general how I imagine others brains work. They just have more auto fill programming done, when I’m still filling in the blanks.
The article continues on to talk about “spoons” which is essentially a lot of mental resources. The just of which if you spend too many “spoons” early on, then you won’t have any “spoons” the rest of the day, and when you run out of “spoons” then that’s when bad things start to happen (que dramatic music and sensory overload).
I haven’t gotten through the whole article yet, but it’s interesting so far.