Monday, June 20, 2011
Is Too Much Thinking Bad?
We are advised to practice moderation in everything we do to stay healthy. Does this advice include thinking? It is a big subject, thinking, and when I Google it there were nearly 900,000 results. I think many websites and blogs were written by thinking people or those who wonder what it is all about. It is a boring subject but then we all think in our waking hours. In our sleep we replace thinking with dreaming.
Some people think more and do less, others the other way around. We've heard of people doing something without thinking. For example, a man plunge into a river fully clothed to save a drowning victim. Then we can have the other extreme, someone spending all day or week thinking to accept an offer or not and then discover it has expired.
The question is not fast or slow thinking (I am a fast thinker by the way) but whether a person can be spending too much time thinking about any issue and getting bogged down. An example. A girl jilted by her boyfriend can be spending days and weeks feeling sorry and crying over it and thinking of the past and who was more wrong in the breakup and what she could have done to save it and what caused it to happen and ... yes, just thinking and wondering over the whole episode.
Another person is a similar situation may just pick herself up the next day and start building a new relationship without thinking too much about it.
We are who we are because of our ability to think. If we do not think much are we lesser than those who think more? In other words are thinkers greater than doers? Should we be more of a doer and less of a thinker or vice versa?
I believe there is no hard universal rules. Different situation require different prioritization. To decide if a relationship should go beyond mere friendship should take more thinking than deciding when it is safe to cross the road.
Back to the captioned question. Is the habit of thinking too much bad for a person's well being? What do you think? Please don't be taking too long ...