How Overthinking Works
We define overthinking as using the past to control your future. What does this mean?
Overthinking is an emotional problem not a thinking problem. It is ineffective and self-sabotaging coping mechanism for emotional insecurity. There are three categories of overthinking: rumination (past), worry (future), and obstruction (present).
In frequent cases, over-thinkers can develop the “feedback loop of hell”, where they play the same message over and over again in their mind, each time looking for new insight, until they are unable to stop. The repetitive thought pattern itself becomes an addiction not unlike drugs, alcohol, and video games.
The actual act of overthinking by itself is a symptom of the ego responding to the complex emotions bubbling to the mind’s surface from deep within the subconscious.
These subconscious emotional drivers are formed by our past. The thinking is what we do in a vain attempt to gain as much control of our future as possible in order to appease our past. This manner of thinking stems from the fact that we cannot let go of the story we tell ourselves we are. We cannot identify with a reality beyond our thoughts. People who overthink hold the inherent belief that they are their thoughts.
Therefore, people who overthink lose control of their thoughts because of underlying emotions, not because they have issue with their logic or their intelligence.
An analogy. Imagine your overthinking as a treadmill. The electricity that powers the treadmill is your emotions, simple or complex, bubbling to the surface from your subconscious.
Your cognitive mind is the runner. A certain amount of running is very good for you and necessary for your survival. However, what if you can not exit the treadmill by your choice, then you can be seriously hurt.
Like your legs, your mind is a tool. It is a very powerful tool but if you lose control of it, that power is a danger to yourself and others.