stop choking, start unthinking!
“NON COGITO, ERGO SUM”
this article i just read in “Intelligent Life” magazine hit the nail on the head for me. it discussed an issue that i face on an almost daily basis: overthinking. the author concludes that as we grow older and more intelligent we tend to try to think ourselves through situations instead of just doing it by instinct. this is how the author explains it:
“Unthinking is the ability to apply years of learning at the crucial moment by removing your thinking self from the equation.”
near the end of the short article he comes to this conclusion:
“How do you learn to unthink? (Bob) Dylan believes the creative impulse needs protecting from self-analysis: “As you get older, you get smarter, and that can hinder you…You’ve got to programme your brain not to think too much.” Flann O’Brien said we should be “calculatedly stupid” in order to write. The only reliable cure for overthinking seems to be enjoyment, something that both success and analysis can dull. Experienced athletes and artists often complain that they have lost touch with what made them love what they do in the first place. Thinking about it is a poor substitute.”