I consider myself an over thinker. And most of you are reading this statement and thinking, “Really? You think?” because we know I tend to get an idea in my head and then I beat it to death. I write a post, and someone comments, and I start thinking about the subject in another way, and the next think you know, there is a follow up of sorts, with a whole new spin. And then a follow up to the follow up. This is my pattern.
I am always thinking. I think (no pun intended) most people are always thinking, but I have brought it to a new and ridiculous level. I read things and ponder word choice. When I was in my writing group yesterday I grilled my friend as to why she chose to say “Oh Mama” at a certain point? What was the significance? Was there foreshadowing? We talked for five minutes about “Oh Mama”.
I wonder why something was done in a certain manner. Why was the choice to have the Bride speak first at the wedding? Was there a reason behind that? Why not the groom?
I’m the person who always figures out the “twist” in a book or a movie. (for the record, “The Sixth Sense” was the last thing to truly surprise me) I figure out murderers in mysteries very quickly, and sometimes it’s in very bizarre ways- there was one book that I figured out the murderer because the book changed personal perspective after each chapter, so I knew the murderer had to be the one character who never had a chapter written from their perspective…
I can’t leave things alone. I am compelled to analyze.
Then, I started to read a bit about over thinkers. And guess what? By the classic definition of an over thinker, I am not an over thinker. Over thinkers tend to have difficulty making decisions- they hem and haw and never come to a conclusion. This is really the hallmark trait of an over thinker- indecisiveness. And the one thing I’m not is indecisive. I make logical, well thought out decisions and I don’t waver or go back and forth. Making decisions is one of my strengths.
Ha. Well I’ll be. How could I actually be an over thinker if I’ve never over thought over thinking?
So what am I?
Be careful what you write in comments…
Over Analyzer? Is that a thing or did I just trademark that? What do you call someone who beats a subject to death in their mind?
Well, sure- that totally comes to mind…
I’ll take that as well.
But why am I so worried that I have to have the proper label attached to me? What is so compelling about putting myself in a little box?
OK. I’m going to go think about that. Or am I going to analyze that? or is there another, better word?
See what I mean…