@The Pentacle Queen,
The Pentacle Queen wrote:
What does anyone think about overthinking?
I get told I overthink.... but whislt thinking about the possibility I overthink I came up with this:
To say someone OVERthinks puts the amount they think in a negative light. It suggests they are making things more complicated than needs be. HOWEVER what I would like to present here is that that isn't necessarilly the case- if all understanding is a form of condensing what we see around us and processing it into a kind of conclusion, then thinking something complex isn't neccessarilly distorting something which should be basic. The basic thought is taken as the given when it is ALSO a distortion.
Is this acceptable to anyone?
Well sometimes it is, shall we say, negative to overthink a problem or situation. Give you an example: when I took precalc a few years ago (which was my first real math class since high school) I had a hell of a time with word problems. For one reason or another I would always make the problems far more complex than usual. Gradually, with the help of my Math and Physics professors, I began to view word problems in a far more simpler light. Granted I still need to think when it comes to these problems, but I do not need to overthink them.
The solution to the problem was far more simpler than what I had thought it to be. Some times this is the case; however, when dealing situations, circumstances, etc., we might need to take more into consideration. This does not mean that we should take into consideration all the possibilities, but only the ones that are the most probable in a given instance. This definetly eliminates a large part of the overthinking process (if there is one? Yea there should be.)
I do hear a lot from people, "Youre taking this far too seriously" or, "There's no need to overthink this." But I suppose that comes with the territory of philosophy. We tend to think about matters that no one would ever really question or cultivate an understanding towards. So if you are getting these kinds of responses from individuals on the basis that you take matters that no one would really take up, then I suppose you are heading in the direction of philosophy (the activity that is).
Question: on what matters do people tell you that you overthink?