Moving out of one's own head.
July 22, 2006 8:48 PM Subscribe
I live in my own head too much. I over-analyze my own feelings/thoughts as well as the actions of others. How do I overcome this?
posted by piratebowling to Human Relations (25 answers total) 94 users marked this as a favorite
While this practice sometimes leads to very reasonable/helpful observations about people, which ulitimately help me interact with them in a more healthy way (i.e. avoiding fights), it also often leads to instances where I read too much into things and make false snap judgments. I want to stop this, as it can feel like torture at times. Often an event or specific painful feeling from a past event can get stuck in my brain, and I am suddenly caught in (what Lewis Black once described as) a mobius-strip like mental loop for a long time. It is not a pleasant feeling and in extreme cases will have negative impacts on my mood, appetite and sleep.
How do I keep positive aspects of observation (ones that help me avoid fights and be considerate of other's needs) while avoiding the ones that make my mind feel like a prison? I've tried therapy in the past, but it soon felt more like a chore than anything else. I'm looking for techniques that will calm me down and change my train of thoughts in these instances.