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Are you unable to stop overthinking? Here's why that happens

Published on Mar 04, 2024 12:18 PM IST
  • From being in the safety of our thoughts to overthinking as a response to threat, here are a few reasons why we cannot stop overthinking.
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Overthinking is the coping mechanism of the body in dealing with difficult situations and difficult emotions. "We all overthink. It’s a coping mechanism and part of being human. The key thing to understand is thoughts are not truths— and not reality. The more you accept overthinking and do difficult things anyway the more the ego mind controls your behavior," wrote Psychologist Nicole LePera. Here's why we are not able to stop overthinking.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 04, 2024 12:18 PM IST

Overthinking is the coping mechanism of the body in dealing with difficult situations and difficult emotions. "We all overthink. It’s a coping mechanism and part of being human. The key thing to understand is thoughts are not truths— and not reality. The more you accept overthinking and do difficult things anyway the more the ego mind controls your behavior," wrote Psychologist Nicole LePera. Here's why we are not able to stop overthinking.(Unsplash)

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When we feel a threat, the body uses the natural instinct of overthinking to cope with the situation and think of the worst-case scenarios to prepare it. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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When we feel a threat, the body uses the natural instinct of overthinking to cope with the situation and think of the worst-case scenarios to prepare it. (Unsplash)

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Overthinking causes us to freeze – the response to the trauma. Hence, we get stuck in our head or thinking of a situation multiple time. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Overthinking causes us to freeze – the response to the trauma. Hence, we get stuck in our head or thinking of a situation multiple time. (Unsplash)

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Being stuck in the loop of a thought makes us not take any action. We do not fail or feel any new uncomfortable emotion – we just keep reeling in it. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Being stuck in the loop of a thought makes us not take any action. We do not fail or feel any new uncomfortable emotion – we just keep reeling in it. (Unsplash)

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We try to dissect our own decisions and try to understand the choices we have made to keep ourselves safe. We overthink to be in the safety of our own thoughts. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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We try to dissect our own decisions and try to understand the choices we have made to keep ourselves safe. We overthink to be in the safety of our own thoughts. (Unsplash)

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In order to stop overthinking, we need to accept that sometimes the mind works like this. We also need to challenge our thoughts. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 04, 2024 12:18 PM IST

In order to stop overthinking, we need to accept that sometimes the mind works like this. We also need to challenge our thoughts. (Unsplash)

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