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Another Word For Overthinking

Searching for another word for overthinking is a VERY important and smart thing to do. Here’s why:

The mainstream definition of overthinking is convoluted, inaccurate, and actually makes solving it more difficult.

The way you define overthinking determines a LOT of other things including:

another word for overthinking What you consider the actual cause of overthinking to be
another word for overthinking How easy or difficult it is going to be to eliminate overthinking
another word for overthinking What you consider to be the signs of overthinking
How you go about solving overthinking
Your entire approach to resolving and overcoming overthinking
What techniques and methods you consider using to solve the problem

The problem with the word overthinking is that it is too vague. It’s not specific enough. That is a problem because when it comes to solving it, or any persistent condition for that matter, being vague makes it more difficult to get to its source, cause, and original formation.

Imagine someone who goes to the doctor and says: “I’m sick”. What’s the doctor supposed to do? The word ‘sick’ doesn’t give them enough specific information to know how to proceed. The very ‘definition’ is in the way of fixing it.

So having a much more specific term than the overgeneralized word “overthinking’ is essential.

In the mainstream definition of overthinking, it is often lumped together and confused with negative thinking and ineffective thinking.

There are several overthinking synonyms, and antonyms you could choose from to be more specific. However, there is one term that I highly recommend you use instead of overthinking because using THIS term will significantly help you to stop overthinking.

That word, actually 2 words, which is why I call them a term instead of a word – is Over Analysis.  

Overthinking IS over analysis. Overthinking is over analyzing by using too much left-brain logic, for too long, too hard, without breaks, or renewal, and without enough right-brain, creative, imaginative, in-the-body experiences mixed in. It results in mental fatigue, analysis paralysis, and has many other negative effects.

For a more detailed discussion of the difference between overthinking and negative thinking click on The Real Signs Of Overthinking


Alexander Van Buren has been studying, teaching, and innovating thinking patterns for more than 27 years. He’s a Certified Master Practitioner and trainer of Neurolinguistic Programming. Some of his original therapeutic and thinking patterns were first published in Anchor point Magazine, then later in other books and publications. Van Buren has been a featured presenter for the Stanford Executive Program Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.


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Overthinking is a massive problem in our society. 

This is because western culture has made a "False God" of reason.

Our entire educational system is obsessed with analysis to the exclusion of intuitive understanding, creative right brain processes, and insight. 

The irony is that true critical thinking actually has a FEEL to it. 

You should be surprised if you do NOT overthink. It is highly unusual in a culture that is so inundated with overthinking and over analyzing. 

The danger is that overthinking easily turns into negative thinking.

Before you know it, you've picked up a pattern of being hypercritical, negative, fault-finding, blaming, condemning, and most of all COMPLAINING. 

Complaining is a disease in our culture.

Complaining manifests MORE of what you're complaining about because when you complain, you're putting your attention on what you do not want. 

The result of all of this is a massive epidemic of depression, anger, hostility, stress, insomnia, anxiety, and the inability to truly relax.

Feelings of genuine peace, joy, bliss, happiness, enthusiasm, and equanimity are all but inaccessible when thinking has become OVER thinking.

But there is a solution.

You can learn to interrupt overthinking by learning some simple patterns and integrating some genuine Right Brain Activities into your lifestyle.

Learn how with the Stop Overthinking Online Course


Stop Overthinking Online Course



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The important thing to understand is that you may be overthinking more than you realize, not just in your relationships. 

Overthinking is mostly an unconscious pattern. It is important to have a counter strategy to your overall habit of overthinking itself; one that puts you more in control.