Do you sometimes over think certain things, and unintentionally make them into much larger problems because of your overthinking?
Oh man I totally do this!!
The only time I heard anything approaching my tendency to do this was mentioned in Eric Fromm's Zen and Psychoanalysis.
Fromm wrote about how he felt that the mind-body "mindfulness" of zen, the overcoming of the dualistic seperating of mind and body (particularly in western thinking since Descartes' "I think therefore I am"), would appear to be a rememdy for over cerebration, thinking too much.
I've had an interest in Zen ever since, consume Zen texts like nothing else but I know I'm at a very superficial level with that, lately for the same reasons I've been interested in Jung too, I'd like to substitute a kind of healthy introspection for the over thinking that I do at the moment.
Internal dialogue has something to do with it too, I dont tend to over think and become super powered over confident and crazed, cracked up by my circumstances, decisions etc. instead I get pessimistic without my evidence and a lot of supposition.
I always overthink things. And if I haven't, it is time to think about them some more.
Does it cause problems? Not really, except when I try too hard to understand existence, death, and various other things that aren't really solvable.
Freude, schöner Götterfunken Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligtum! Deine Zauber binden wieder Was die Mode streng geteilt; Alle Menschen werden Brüder, Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.
I do it when I need to explain something that is impossible to explain... eg. I was most recently intrigued by taste, more specifically, how do you know when something tastes bitter? My friend was trying to help, and told me to go and eat some bitter things, and I was coming up with ways to define the taste using vectors with a size and direction, sweet is at zero degrees, bitter is either at 180 degrees, or it is in the same direction as sweet, just with a lower magnitude, all taste is relative, so how do you know that what you call 'bitter' isn't the same as the so called sweet thing? either way, I kept telling myself to stop thinking like that and just accept that some things have a taste based on the stereochemical interactions in your taste buds, which is interpreted by the brain in an unimaginable way. Even then I couldn't help it, I only think a few certain things, most of the time I'm under-thinking and doing stupid things that end up getting me into trouble...