Over-analyzing can be a vicious trap, but it can also become tremendously helpful towards learning new things. Learning to over-analyze in a non-obsessive way can become both a good mental and emotional skill.
- Recycle your thoughts
Healthily recycle your thoughts. Do not take a thought for what it is. Analyze it without being obsessive or worried. Take the thought and play with it for a while whilst remaining objective. A highly functioning mind has the ability to entertain a thought without being influenced by it. You are one with your thoughts; yet you also have the ability to completely separate from them and watch them as a bystander. This allows you to choose what thoughts you like, dislike, and what you will accept and not accept.
- Stay Objective (no Bias)
Claim an objective perspective. This means putting aside your personal morals, experiences, and beliefs, in order to look at a situation, thing, or person, purely and without judgement. The first step to a healthy objective perspective is to learn to not be dragged along unwillingly by your emotions. Notice them, feel them, and become aware of them, but do not let them control you.
- Notice: you must be alert enough to know when you are feeling the start of an emotion. Notice.
- Feel: you don’t necessarily have to know what that emotion is; you just have to be aware of its presence within you. You must not become overwhelmed or afraid of its presence. Do not be afraid of the unknown that this feeling might bring. Feel.
- Awareness: identify the emotion; identify its source, why, when, and how it came to be. Recognize what it does to you. Awareness.
- Recognize Obsession
Over-analyzers tend to beat a subject like dough. Yes, this is a funny metaphor; but picture it this way: they knead thoughts, pull them apart, and alter their form. You must not over-knead thoughts too excessively. There will always remain the possibility of this falling into obsession. It is easy to get caught up in the cycle of a thought and to remain stuck in it. Know your limits and do not breed unhealthy fixation. Retain an open mind.