5 Thinking Patterns That Might Be Tripping You Up

1. Jumping to conclusions about other people’s behavior

The human brain needs to make a lot of assumptions about the world and its surroundings. In order to conserve energy on processing absolutely everything, the mind automates. Just like a habit becomes almost instinctive after repeating the same action over and over again, the same is true for thinking patterns.

2. Putting invisible expectations on yourself

This thought pattern is interesting because it often disguises itself as a thought that’s not even your own. We often feel the pressure of other people’s expectations and it’s a heavy burden that we carry. But more often than not we expect a lot more from ourselves than other people do from us. I’m not saying that other people’s expectations from you aren’t real nor am I saying you shouldn’t care about other people’s expectations and just do whatever the hell you want, that’s a different blog post, all I’m saying here is that there are some expectations that are serving no one. Not you, not them, no one. It’s a lose-lose situation and it’s got to go.

3. Excessive complaining

Don’t get me wrong, this isn't to point fingers at anyone but casual complaining even about seemingly mundane stuff can be a sign of something deeper.

4. Over-explanation or over-clarification

We all have that one friend who has an abstract and an introduction in the beginning and a detailed prologue at the end for a single sentence idea. It is very hard to keep track of what one is actually trying to say when they make so many addendums to what they actually have to say. Moreover, people who aren’t succinct and explain their every single word often come across as lacking in confidence.

5. Believing all your thoughts

Admittedly, this one is on an advanced level. For a long time, it might feel like you’re hitting your head against the wall if this is a particular thinking pattern that you have. But it is extremely common and chances are you have this somewhere in your thinking process.

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