The Curse of the Over-Analytical Mind

An analytical mind is an asset. An over-analytical mind is a curse.

It means that you read things in to everything and tie yourself in knots trying to solve questions that can’t be solved.

Some things just are.

Some things don’t make sense.

Most people are far too complex to analyse satisfactorily.

Having established that over-analysis is pretty pointless, it is, with a touch of irony, that I pursue the subject further… but it would be a shame to waste the opportunity; and, I might actually learn something new because I’m not convinced that over-analysers are born that way. I think it’s linked into other things that are going on.

Which means there’s hope for me yet.

As well as a self confessed over-analyser, I am also a recovering control freak; and, control’s as good a starting place as any: they’re not that far apart.

Control’s about certainty – and over-analysis attempts to solve uncertainty Being in control is about knowing what’s going on – and analysing to the nth degree hopes to uncover (or foresee) this. Control leaves nothing to chance – analysis assumes a reason. For everything.

In some instances, looking for a reason is the sensible, rational and – eventually – rewarding thing to do. When it comes to human beings, exerting control can often backfire and applying logic is not always appropriate.

An over-analytical mind can sometimes forget this – particularly one that has tendencies towards insecurity. Correlation number two. I tend to get caught up in my over-analysis. I assume that I’m in there somewhere; part of a cause effect scenario; somehow responsible.

Narcissistic? Possibly; but, mostly due to over-sensitivity and a touch of paranoia. If you always jump to the negative conclusion, it’s easy to blame yourself for how other people behave. If things go wrong,
shouldering the responsibility is almost automatic. Particularly if you’re a perfectionist – number three.

Perfectionism infers a right and wrong way of doing thing, a clear idea of the top standard. If only the top is good enough, you’re far harder to satisfy – and far more likely to try and work out what went wrong. We’re back to over-analysis again.

It all links up.

Over-sensitivity and problems that don’t exist: an endless supply of subject matter for the over-analytical mind.

Boredom and too much time to think: an excellent opportunity for a little dissection.

I’ve successfully analysed over-analysis.

Or perhaps I’ve just demonstrated that I spend far too much time in my own head. Maybe I’ve just illustrated the futility of my internal debates.

In true over-analyser style, I haven’t actually reached a conclusive answer –

- but I’ve enjoyed the process; and, I’ll probably catch myself before I try and solve the next mystery of the universe -

– because I might learn to enjoy the uncertainty –

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