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How Much Self-Analysis is the Right Amount?

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Jul 29, 2013 8:25 PM

Some girlfriend conversations, and quite a lot of therapy, is philosophical, introspective, and focused on the development of the Self through proper meditation and healing techniques. The typical person doing the "work" here is a woman between 30 and 60 years old who analyzes herself, her family members, her friends and her life constantly. She strives for self-understanding, self-fulfillment, wisdom and peace.

However, she takes the chance of missing life. Too much inward reflection detracts from appreciation of what's "out there." Like nature, history, science, mindful eating, art, music, and sports. Observation and reaction without an extreme amount of reflection and without overthinking feels clean, interesting and healthy, too. There's wisdom and peace in learning facts and debating ideas without always relating them to one's upbringing and present relationships. Some of the most well-adjusted people I've met are hisory majors because they're interested in everything without deciding how it defines their personality and self-concept. Scientists, engineers, farmers and doctors can fit that description, too. Social scientists, humanities professors, and entertainers tend to obsess more about themselves. Of course, these are overgeneralizations because no matter the professional, someone can lose herself in self-analysis and another can focus solely on objective data, like computers or chemistry.

The best solution so often consists of balance. Balance, like moderation, means the analytic person tempers her narcisistic introspection with a healthy outward view of others, the world around her and other real stuff.

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