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  1. #1 Is it normal to always think about something? 
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    So.

    Waking up, daydreaming. Thinking about scenarios that could occur in real life and how they would play out based on different choices. All while for example getting dressed and brushing your teeth. During all daily actions - unless extremely occupied with something, always think about stuff like philosophy, that event last week, about fictional ideas for books - constantly pondering about stuff, daydreaming and thinking. Then think some more, and more and more. If I read a book I can suddenly think of something random, which leads me to think about something else - and so on. Until I have to go 5 pages back because I "disappeared" into my own mind.

    I daydream more than I live my real life, and not only fictional fantasy desires, but "What if" philosophy experiments, "what if this and this happened" about countless possible real life situations. Sometimes I introspect myself to the point of madness. And Ive come to think of something... I never stop actively thinking.

    So my question is this. Is it normal to always think about stuff 100% of every waking hour of the day? Or are you people able to have a "blank mind", for example go shopping without thinking about something? Its not something I can control. Even if I actively stop thinking, I start thinking about it.

    Since the brain uses 30% (I think) of the body calorie intake, Im wondering if extreme overthinking can actually be the cause of my constant physical fatigue.


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    I do that too, and it tends to make me ironically absent minded at times, because there is always something else going on in my head besides what I am supposed to thinking about. I don't think it's abnormal, and even a good way to make the time pass when you are stuck waiting somewhere. But there is something to be said for sometimes forcing yourself to "be in the moment" and really pay attention to your surroundings or whatever you are doing. Buddhists talk about quieting the "monkey mind" that races crazily around from one thought to the next, and forcing it to stay in one place for a while, as a form of mental discipline in meditation.


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    I am of the opinion that the human mind is always on the move and that it is through learning and mental discipline that we are able to direct our attention to the area where we wish or require it to be.

    We are immersed in a world of constant change and our sensory input is constantly receiving data and using that data to shape and reshape our comprehension of our experience and surroundings.

    The very concept of 'nothing' is debatable for we are unable to effectively communicate what form or lack of form would comprise it. Perhaps the closest that the human mind can experience of 'nothing' is the state of lack of awareness as when we experience dream-less sleep. Our brain would still show activity to a monitor as it goes about maintaining our involuntary body functions, yet we would not be actively aware of this.
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    I studied "being without thought" for many years through meditation, and just attempting to "quiet the internal dialogue". (Carlos Castaneda--"to be without thought is to be with power")

    As a youth, when out hunting, I discovered that more potential meals appeared when i did not think about hunting, and just enjoyed the sights, smells, and sounds of the forest. About this time, I became a master of the "snap shot" (see the target and raise the weapon and fire and hit the target all in one fluid motion without thinking about it)

    When I sculpt, there are moments(hours) wherein, I am without thought. The hands, eye, and clay are just working without my conscious mental supervision.
    And that is when the best stuff happens.

    We have a phrase: "Clearing the mind".
    All of which suggest that
    never stop actively thinking
    is a normal human condition.(but that it is within the realm of our control.)

    Me too, when thinking, I am very absent minded. I used to say that : "As absent minded as I am, and as absent minded as my wife is, I'm always happy that my children remember who they are, and how to get home."
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    When I sculpt, there are moments(hours) wherein, I am without thought. The hands, eye, and clay are just working without my conscious mental supervision.
    And that is when the best stuff happens.


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    There was an earlier ,quite recent thread about whether it was possible to think without words -and I seem to remember that it was.

    In this case I do think it is quite possible to escape the feeling (even the reality) that our life is a series of one thought followed by another.

    I was thinking about this as I was out on a walk this afternoon.If you see anything in nature which allows you to say (or feel) "that is beautiful" then that is entirely overwhelming even if only momentarily and this does break the cycle of thoughts.

    I am sure there are many other examples and the common denominator may be that a feeling is allowed to take root.

    I don't suggest this as a panacea since the feeling might be quite harmful (eg a murderous rage) but I don't think we are doomed to an endless series of analytical thoughts even if we can at times be subject to a tediously long one if we don't cultivate the part of our mind that has to do with sensations.
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    Interesting. I too am constantly thinking about 'stuff': How to make better roads, how to improve child care, how to feed the world etc. etc. My brain never seems to switch off from wondering.

    Other folk seem happy to only worry about who won X factor, or who won a football match, which blows my mind, because that is such an inane and inconsequential thing to think about.

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    Better to be thinking too much than to be thinking too little.
    Its the way nature is!
    If you dont like it, go somewhere else....
    To another universe, where the rules are simpler
    Philosophically more pleasing, more psychologically easy
    Prof Richard Feynman (1979) .....

    Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by One beer View Post
    Interesting. I too am constantly thinking about 'stuff': How to make better roads, how to improve child care, how to feed the world etc. etc. My brain never seems to switch off from wondering.

    Other folk seem happy to only worry about who won X factor, or who won a football match, which blows my mind, because that is such an inane and inconsequential thing to think about.

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    There are a lot of people who think about nothing.
    I know this because I have asked them.
    I ask, "What are you thinking about?" and most of the people I ask give me a confused look then answer, "Nothing."
    Even if I offer a penny for their thoughts I still get nothing, but that might be because they think their thoughts are twice as valuable.
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    Wanted to reply but Sculptor is banned, can someone please stop banning everybody? This is just getting ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayflow View Post
    Wanted to reply but Sculptor is banned, can someone please stop banning everybody? This is just getting ridiculous.
    He isn't banned; he's suspended.

    You can still reply to the thread -- notice that it is still open. And notice that I am able to post, as were you.

    Next, "everybody" is not being banned. Your claim is counterfactual.

    Finally, moderators don't randomly ban people. The solution to the "ridiculous" problem you allude to is for posters to heed the advice and warning of the mods. When such advice is repeatedly ignored, suspensions and/or bannings naturally follow (as has been the case with you more than once, so you should know).
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    yes, I do. that's why I have a mind. kind of like saying, why have legs if not to walk.
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    Carlin - is there some context this was meant to address?
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    yes, in that for the most part I always think. and?

    I don't get why this is "wrong" per PC society, since the point of a mind is to process information and feelings.
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    Carlin, I have sent you a personal message and an invitation.
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    been married 3 times....thinking I've had a few no thought moments. hahaha
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    I often get this way too. It can relate to anything from what I watched on TV, or what I recently read, or something worth looking up, or something to do with my personal life.
    Although, I wouldn't say that I get this way on a constant but I would say that it is highly often. When I do try to clear my mind, it doesn't last long and my brain will be on a different track then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One beer View Post
    Interesting. I too am constantly thinking about 'stuff': How to make better roads, how to improve child care, how to feed the world etc. etc. My brain never seems to switch off from wondering.

    Other folk seem happy to only worry about who won X factor, or who won a football match, which blows my mind, because that is such an inane and inconsequential thing to think about.

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    You can't be sure that's the only thing they think about. That's what you heard from them because that's what they're willing to share. I came to realize that people that seems to lack of any deep thoughts are just people that keep them for themselves. Obviously not all of us are great philosophers but we are not just simpleminded monkeys either.
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    It would seem most logical to me that the brain is always active for we are constantly receiving information by means of our senses and it is imperative to our survival to recognize when that input signals danger. We are probably only 'aware' of a small proportion of what our brain is doing and while we may choose to flatter ourselves that this awareness is 'deep thought' and somehow more profound that what other people are thinking, I do not know of any manner in which we could make that determination. Besides, it would be a subjective evaluation at best, for who is qualified to determine which thought has greater merit than another?

    Communication skills are rather limited when it comes to sharing matters of the mind and if we are actually experiencing 'original thought' then the one to whom we wish to convey those thoughts may not have the parameters to fully comprehend that which we are 'thinking'.
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    I am wondering what happens when one replies distant non existent voices even in sleep. The other day I woke up at night not because I had a dream but because I had a terrible thought. Is this normal?
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