Have You Thought About Thinking?

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
― Albert Einstein

Of course, I’d begin Lifestyle-ish with a post on thinking and how it is beneficial. A huge thank you to Srisha @ Sky and Soil for going through this and telling me what she thought!!

It took me a while to realise how there were distinct types of thinking. For instance, Critical thinking in Wikipedia’s terms is, “the analysis of facts to form a judgment.” So, say you read a piece of written work, listen to songs, meet a person or watch a movie, you gather the facts and arrive at an unbiased conclusion as to the nature, quality etc. of the respective thing. The process there, is critical thinking.

And it is important because critical thinking plays a major role in academic and professional lives as it enables a person to analyse information, solve problems systematically and come to reasonable and unbiased conclusions.

In students, this helps in better problem solving abilities (obviously something we are in dire need of) and clear grasping of concepts as thinking on a particular subject is most likely to aid in its internalisation, thereby making it easier to recall it (which would avoid those catastrophes during exams).

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Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
― John Locke

That isn’t all! As much as I’m not a huge fan of the communication aspect of life, I will mention that critical thinking also plays a role in improving communication and social skills. When you think critically, you think creatively and long periods of thinking involves an analysis of the environment and people around you and you begin to pick up the major aspects of their character, which in turn would enable you to present certain ideas, or just talk in a way tailored to their preferences. Thus, those disastrous cases of miscommunication can be prevented and the person gets what you say with utmost clarity.

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Being an overthinker, I was even more interested in learning how critical thinking differed from overthinking. I don’t know why but I seem awfully prone to quoting Wikipedia.

So, Wikipedia’s definition is, “Overthinking refers to thinking about a situation or topic to an excessive amount or in a simpler way think about (something) too much or for too long. It affects a person mentally as well as emotionally.Wow, that makes so much sense.

People don’t like to think, if one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
― Helen Keller

Critical thinking seeks to understand and gain more clarity of an event or person while overthinking is a sort of obsession on either predicting outcomes or considering alternate endings.

But overthinking is not all bad. Overthinking enables a person to foresee a lot of the possible scenarios and aid them in thinking on their feet and being prepared for all outcomes; good or bad.

Critical thinking and Overthinking have a fine line between them and both have their own advantages and disadvantages. But the best part is thinking gives you a different angle to view events from and widens your perspective to an extent.

The worst part is when we attribute too much importance to thoughts. They are thoughts after all, products of our brain and mind; they can be wrong and taking them up as conclusive evidence can be harmful in the long run.

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
― Horace Walpole

Srisha had some wonderful thoughts prompted by this quote! Here’s a bit from the conversation that followed:

Srisha:
  “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
― Horace Walpole
Why is it a tragedy to those who feel but comedy to those who think?

Me:
Those who feel take everything personally, compliments and criticisms both. But the one who thinks would see past all that and take things for their real and not face value. Most critiques would seem hilarious then.
That’s what I think it means!

Srisha:
Great explanation but sometimes feeling is so much better than thinking in my opinion.

Me again:
One is not better than the other. They’re both required. You can’t compare them. Like a person who feels still thinks and a person who thinks still feels. It’s the order that’s different.

Srisha:
Only sometimes so I’d say people who always feel are fools since thinking about their feelings is better so yes we can’t compare it.
I get it but both have advantages and disadvantages so none can say that thinking doesn’t make you a fool but feeling does.

Me:
Well said!

All of that was just our views and thoughts on what that quote implied. I also googled it to see what it actually meant but I couldn’t find anything other than Quora answers and it seems like everyone had different views on it.

Please feel free to share your interpretations too!


Thank you so much for reading!

What kind of thinker would you say you are? Can’t wait to read what you think!

Published by: Introverted Thoughts

(Always lost in thoughts, firmly anchored to dream-world but existing on Earth) Just an introverted teen who loves to read, write, and draw. I mainly post articles, poems and random thoughts. I use words for expression but pen them down for catharsis. Open to constructive criticism and any kind of feedback! P.S I also have a book blog, called 'Paper Hearts' under the name, Bookish Thinker!

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94 thoughts on “Have You Thought About Thinking?”

  1. Informative post. I’d definitely say I’m an overthinker and I’ve pretty much always been that way. It has its benefits, but sometimes it can be emotionally draining, especially when thinking about something stressful

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    1. Thank you so much! Me too! I agree. Overthinking comes with its own disadvantages. It can be harmful at times but it’s personally helped me every now and then. Thank you for taking the time to read and share your views!

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  2. Great thought provoking post. I spend hours thinking about thinking. Analysing my thoughts. Analysing my feelings. Analysing if my thoughts are causing my feelings half the time. It’s certainly been an issue for me but it’s also led to some big insights over the years. I see overthinking as both a blessing and a curse. Wonderful blog – I look forward to reading more of your work. Wishing you well, AP2 🙏

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    1. I’m glad you found it so. That’s great to know. I do, too. Absolutely! I found it confusing at first, trying to see how feelings and thoughts were related but as you say, it has led to some insights.
      Thank you very much! You too!

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  3. You’re going to write a book about the thinking process, right? With all the thinking you do then surely you are going to be, if you aren’t already, the world’s foremost expert. 😉
    Nice post. Let me see – what kind of a thinker am I? Hmm. Not really an overthinker because I’m clever enough to weave all the threads together pretty quickly and come to a cogent whole (not a conclusion – heaven forbid! Those things are for fools who have stopped growing.). Okay – I’ve got it – I’m a Creative Thinker who likes to go (and live) outside the box. Honestly, it’s a wonder that I’m still sane! 😀

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    1. No, I’m not qualified 😂 I practise it, I don’t know the technicalities behind it.
      Thank you! That’s great! I’m quite an overthinker. That is a very apt description for ‘conclusion’!
      That’s amazing! Maybe we’re all insane, it’s become the new sane now😂
      Thank you for reading!

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  4. Thought provoking post D. 😎😎 I think overthinking brings problems too. Will lose peace of mind if we think and think again. But it differs from person to person. For some it gives solution too! And this a wonderful post of sharing your thoughts. 🤝

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this post! I’m a fellow overthinker so I relate so much, but I love the point that our thoughts are just thoughts. They’re not always right and it’s okay to let them go! 💛

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    1. I’m incredibly happy you did! Overthinking seems to be quite a sensitive topic as many think it’s not required while others say it is helpful at times. Thank you so much! I felt the need to emphasise a little on that.
      Absolutely!! You’ve said it well!💕

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  6. What a wonderful post! I think, thinking about thinking (what a sentence…) is quite fun, especially since it’s our ability to think in so many different ways, which sets us apart from most animals. Being a typical introvert, I am a typical thinker, spending a lot of time pondering about the big and small questions in life. On the other hand, I’ve never been an overthinker and I believe there is a fine line where more speculation about one specific issue isn’t constructive anymore.

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    1. Thank you very much! It is fun!
      I agree with you on that but most animals just have a different way of processing everything. I do too! Except I never manage to come to a reasonable conclusion and end up rambling to myself😂
      That’s great! I feel overthinking can be useful at times but many are also of the view that it can be harmful. There absolutely is!
      Thank you so much for reading and sharing your views!

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  7. Guten Tag.

    Wenn wir das Gefühl für uns
    und die anderen
    für die verletzliche Welt verlieren

    wenn wir dem Denken allein
    ihm den Vortritt lassen

    wir wissen nun heute genau
    wir ahnen alle
    was uns
    nicht all zu lange
    was uns erwartet

    Zu : Die Welt ist eine Tragödie für diejenigen, die fühlen, aber eine Komödie für diejenigen, die denken.

    Herzliche Grüße und vielen Dank für Deine vielen Erwähnungen.
    Hans Gamma

    ***

    Good day.

    When we feel for ourselves
    and the others
    to lose for the vulnerable world

    when we think alone
    let him go first

    we now know exactly today
    we all suspect
    what us
    not too long
    what to expect

    To: The world is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy for those who think.

    Kind regards and thank you for your many mentions.
    Hans Gamma

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  8. Interesting! I think that I’m definitley an overthinker (I could relate to that meme with the Teletubbies so much XD) I struggle a lot socially because social interactions stress me out constantly. After a conversation, I spend ages thinking about everything I said and if I did something wrong. When I’m around people my brain always goes 100 miles an hour. I’m often labelled as a pessimist – but that’s not true. I just like to think about all of the possible outcomes of a situation. I also have a bad habit of speaking to myself out loud which has caused my family to draw the conclusion that I’m insane XD I’m not – I’m just a very active and verbal thinker.

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    1. Me too! We sound really similar. Being in a loud environment stresses me out so badly. I actually wrote an almost similar sentence in a previous post on Overthinking!! It’s incredibly scary to consider the possibility of having something I said offend anyone.
      Me too!😂 My peers often tell me to be more optimistic. Cool! I have had imaginary friends since I was five or six.
      Active and verbal thinker is an accurate and precise term!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your experience!!

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  9. Guten Tag.

    Die Natur hat uns geschaffen; zur Menschwerdung aller Sinne: der Ahnung, der Empfindung, den Gefühlen, den Stimmungen und dem Denken.

    Unsere weitere Entwicklung zeigt in die Vielfalt, wobei unser Denken, ob gut, ob schlecht, in seiner Wirkungsmacht, innerhalb der Naturgesetze verbleiben muss.

    Das Denken muss sich damit begnügen, dass es zwar in der Kultur eine Gesichichte, Spuren hinterlässt, ohne die Seele, in seinem Übermut keine Zukunft hat.

    Herzliche Grüße
    Hans Gamma

    ***

    Good day.

    Nature made us; to the incarnation of all senses: the premonition, the sensation, the feelings, the moods and the thinking.

    Our further development points into diversity, whereby our thinking, whether good or bad, must remain in its power of action within the laws of nature.

    Thought has to be content with the fact that although it leaves a history, traces in culture, without the soul, in its arrogance it has no future.

    Best regards
    Hans Gamma

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  10. I think about thinking alot. My username, actually- parisinthethespring- is a super famous sentence.
    If you read that there are two “the”, then it shows that you think and draw conclusions from what is given to you. All external stimuli and details are taken into account.
    However, the majority of the population does not read two “the”. Our minds tend to skip over the second “the”, since we draw upon past memories and experiences. We base the sentence structure of “Paris in the the spring” upon the ones we’ve stumbled upon before, rather than taking things at face value.
    Similarly, people who think with emotions and feeling first use past guides and experiences to make decisions. (My opinion). Logical thinkers take everything as it comes, putting past experience aside.
    Personally, I’m a logical thinker. Too logical- sometimes, I need to tell myself- “Shut up and put your brain aside.”
    However, in my very few years of being alive, I’ve found that logical thinking works wonderfully in most situations. It also helps you brush over and shrug off things, ‘cos you take it as it is. I made the transition from an overly-emotional thinker to more logic-y, and it’s genuinely far easier to take, for example, constructive criticism. I used to get flustered, embarrassed and a little hurt when someone pointed out a mistake and told me to improve upon it- but after I put in the effort to change my thinking style, it just seemed incredibly helpful.
    This is not to say that emotions and emotional thinking aren’t useful. Both emotions and emotional thinking are insanely powerful, and as mentioned above- sometimes, you need to put logic aside and just feel. Human relationships are one of the most important aspects of life, and you can only puzzle those out with emotional thinking.
    So, in conclusion- I do agree with your point, but partially. Emotional and logical thinking can be compared, and in a world like today, I’d give logical thinking a little more importance than emotional. After I made the transition and experienced both sides, life seems a little easier when things are not all about how you feel, since emotions are extremely volatile and change within seconds. Emotional thinking is necessary, too, and it is important to be able to think both emotionally and logically.
    Lovely post, D, and your conversation with Srisha was amazing!!
    Sorry for this super long comments, I just had ALOT to share…
    stay sticky,
    [pbs}

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    1. I read the first part and clicked on “Edit” to remove the second ‘the’😂. Yes, I believe that is what critical thinking does. That is actually quite interesting. But I feel like slow readers would pick it up as well. Absolutely!! We’re definitely prone to relying on past experiences rather than analysing the actual present event.
      Not just that. They also tend to rely heavily on how their decisions might affect others and would most likely settle on something favourable to everyone rather than useful to everyone. Their judgements tend to be biased at times as well, especially if friends and family are involved. Again, that’s my opinion but I’ve seen it in peers.
      That’s great!! Logical thinking is incredibly handy in today’s world. I would say I’m a bit of an overthinker as well. Absolutely!! That’s because your feelings aren’t affected as you see everything from a more logical and critical perspective. Me too, when I was younger of course. I feel as I’ve grown beyond feeling hurt to feeling grateful for critiques.
      Absolutely right, again!! As Srisha said, both are important and can’t be compared. Being too logical can be harmful and the same can be said for too emotional. A balanced thinking is extremely crucial for both acceptance and learning.
      I’m glad you agree (partially)! But I would disagree. I don’t think either is more important than the other. They’re both equally important. But I agree with your conclusion,
      ” …it is important to be able to think both emotionally and logically.”
      Thank you so much, pbs!! I’m glad you liked it!
      It’s absolutely fine! I highly enjoyed reading your incredibly interesting take on this topic!! I think mine is a tad too long as well😂❤️
      Thank you so much, once again!! You are quite a creatively thoughtful person!

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree!
      It’s a topic with varying views indeed. I personally feel overthinking has helped me a fair bit. There is definitely a boundary between the two. Absolutely! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your take on the subject!

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  11. Oh my gerd, thanks for mentioning me Sherlock, it’s lovely to be featured on your wonderful bloggo! I love your opinions on this because every one has their own, it’s great to see people agreeing or disagreeing or dropping their thoughts!

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  12. *claps*
    this was really great D! Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs Personality test? It assigns everyone either thinking or feeling(amongst other things). It’s interesting to see how the different types work.

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  13. Just wonderful! I love thinking and this makes me think even more XD. But please change the brown background of Srisha’s thoughts (😑 that didn’t come out right, but u get what I mean…?) as it is hard to read

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  14. Actually, reading your new post, the first thing it reminded me of was sitting directly opposite John Locke’s huge portrait at the banqueting Hall at Christ Church, Oxford, England. His eyes bore into mine, and it prevented my full appreciation of my splendid surroundings. But I digress…

    Your little treaty on the value of thinking made us all think, which was your aim. Well done.

    Joanna

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      1. When you are older you might wish to study at Oxford, Christ Church, of course, highly recommended. You could be dining in the Hall surrounded by many portraits on all the walls, writers, poets, 14 prime ministers, philosophers…Alice in Wonderland garden, the magnificent cathedral. This is the only college with its own cathedral, courtesy of Henry VIII. Do I need to go on?

        Joanna

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      2. I absolutely do! I love educational institutions with a rich culture and history. Your description does make it sound as a wonderfully fascinating place. I do hope to see all that in person once I’m old enough. The Alice In Wonderland garden especially, sounds tempting.

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