“Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.” ~ Marcel Proust
When people hear the term ‘overthinking’, it comes rife with negative connotations, such as anxiety or the inability to make decisions in an appropriate manner. It is often referred to as “analysis paralysis”, in that it can lead to a mental stalemate due to endless rumination.
Indeed, chronic worrying as a psychological symptom is often connected to anxiety disorders like General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Yet this seemingly adversarial use of our imagination may not be entirely comprised of impediments, as most of mainstream society would have us believe.
Obviously, if someone is a potential danger to themselves or others, proper treatment can be a godsend. So too for those experiencing a significantly impaired quality of life, or effectiveness, in their careers and/or relationships. There are many examples of when overthinking is a detriment.