Being an Overthinker

I tend to overthink things. And despite of sincere effort, I simply can’t stop my mind from divulging into the depths of every matter, every scenario, every probability. When something is the way it is, my mind wants to understand how it came to be this way. And it sometimes makes my life difficult, as it does for all the overthinkiers out there.

Here are some of those issues with over thinkers:

1. High expectations.

They’re hard on themselves because they always want to put their best foot forward. They expect a lot of others also because they give so much of themselves.  Overthinking leads to higher standards and higher expectations.

2. Too much information can be boring for you.

Everything they’ve ever attempted, they’ve thought through. This means that they researched every possible way to do something then settled on the best approach. They usually have tidbits of information on almost everything. These guys have thought of everything!

3. They are slow, or perhaps too patient.

They have the stamina to consider all options before committing to a decision. As long as they can feed their need to overthink, they are willing to take the time to do more, give more, over-extend themselves, all for the sake of analyzing the situation completely. Overthinkers are less likely to make quick, irrational decisions.

4. They’re perfectionists.

They cover all the bases, they would do the work of four people to make sure something is done correctly. They tend to do a little more than what is expected of them and are happy to do so. They don’t even realize how much extra effort they exert.

5. They are multi-passionate.

Overthinkers are open to trying new things, eating new foods, attempting new approaches. They’re open to change. They leave no stone un-turned. To overthink, is to get tired of one way of thinking and to continue to think of the same thing with a new angle. Overthinking breeds change which then breeds creativity and innovation.  

6. They are self-aware and socially-aware.

They follow etiquette rules and have couth.  They rarely put their foot in their mouth because they understand the basic rules of social engagement. If they don’t know the rules, they find them. They are too afraid to act incorrectly that they avoid it by thinking of all scenarios and being prepared in all situations.

7. Their brains is never at rest.

They’re driven a little further than others who would not have the stamina to think of so many things. They can handle higher highs and lower lows than most.

8. They have no regrets, no remorse hence high ego.

They put all they have into everything so that they don’t ever have to wish they had tried harder, said something smarter, gave more, or done better. They’ve thought out all outcomes. They are prepared for all situations. They’ve over thought, thus seeking new knowledge to make better decisions.

Hi, I am Sajel, the author of these articles. I hope you enjoyed reading them. If you'd like to discuss this further, feel free to write to me at [email protected]

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