I have had this phrase used on me more than once. Whilst in a stressed or confused state I don’t find it very helpful. My usual response is something like “You arrogant idiot, I’m not thinking too much, I’m thinking just the right amount”.
The phrase is usually mean’t in a helpful way. sometimes I certainly have to admit that I do think too much.
I’ve noticed that when I’ve got an unresolved difficulty, one that I perceive to be serious, I can go to bed and get what would be considered a long good night’s sleep. However I wake up in the morning, with something not quite right. Mainly I’m more tired than when I went to bed !
Eventually what I realised is that part of thoughts are churning and churning and looking for a solution to whatever the perceived problem is. I also realised that actually I’ve sometimes been almost awake the whole time.
This is one scenario I would describe as thinking too much.
Or I guess all of us know the one where we’re excited about something and go to bed but the mind just keeps on churning over perhaps good thoughts about what’s coming up the next day. Or could be we’re doing something we’re dreading the next day and the mind is churning over all of the possible problems that could happen.
Again this is a scenario I would describe as thinking too much.
A more dubious situation that it’s been suggested to me that I’m thinking too much is when someone’s trying to sell me something. Dubious because it’s very likely a pacifier to get me to drop my questions or the things I’m uncertain about, buy the goods and the saleman/woman gets paid. Almost certainly I’d walk away from a salesman/woman who said this to me.
Lastly I thought maybe it was a religious/cultural thing as I’ve heard it more since I’ve been in Thailand. However I’m also noticing it in American films, so I’m not so sure now it’s an Eastern thing ?
I could go on all day talking about this. As an experiment, let’s just see what you guys think … rather than me thinking too much or writing too much !
Resources & Sources
Girl Thinking About Chess Move – morgueFile
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