?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

A Strange Request

This is weird, I know, but will you bear with me? I find this of great interest, and would be thrilled if you'd play along.

Please tell me something about your thought processes. Something you've noticed about the way your head guts work. Or, if that's too vague, finish one of these sentences:

"When left to their own devices, my thoughts tend to..."
"I've noticed that I tend to dwell upon..."
"When I'm alone with my thoughts for more than a few minutes..."

If you prefer, I will turn on anonymous posting, you can post that way. But if you don't mind, I'd be happy to know who you are when you post.

I'll post some observations about my own thought process at some point, but I'd rather not influence where you take this by doing so now.

This exercise brought to you by Friday boredom and a recent dramatic increase in my personal introspection. (As an extrovert, I hate to introspect alone :)

ETA: Ah, hell. My workday suddenly got intensely busy. Sorry, folks. I will respond and participate ASAP.

Comments

( 37 comments — Leave a comment )
Page 1 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>
nixieq
Sep. 23rd, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
ARGH i don't have time right now i will get back to this later KTHXBYE
bhanfhlaith
Sep. 23rd, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm one of those kids who's gonna rape the Bell curve on this yanno.

"When left to their own devices, my thoughts tend to..."
Go all over the place on a spider web of tangents that actually all make perfect sense to me.

"I've noticed that I tend to dwell upon..."
What I've lost in my life. Death, dying, avoiding dying, and how much inevitability sucks.

"When I'm alone with my thoughts for more than a few minutes..."
Not sure how this was supposed to differ from the first thing you asked, sorry. See answer #1.

I spent a hell of a lot of thinking time working on problems. My mind is sometimes TOO busy. It doesn't shut off. This is a contributing factor to my sleep problems; my brain races about things that frighten me.

Hope this is worth something. This is your brain on Casey. any questions?
fenriss
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
Tangents: Personally, I think this is a sign of intelligence. When your neurons fire fast, and your brain works like a complex relation database, instead of a simple, linear progression, you're gonna get a lot of "bounce-around" of your thoughts. That's the technical term for it, you know :)

Death, loss, etc: Yeah. Me too. That's actually one of the reasons I was asking. These things get a hold of me all too easily. Hard to enjoy life, when your stupid brain keeps rushing toward the end of it, huh?
(no subject) - bhanfhlaith - Sep. 27th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 27th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
nixieq
Sep. 23rd, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
oh, also? i'll bare with you any old time, behbeh! >;)
boadiccea
Sep. 23rd, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
Why not screen all comments so people can feel that they're posting privately, but you still can know who they are?

:)
lizaboo
Sep. 23rd, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)
"When left to their own devices, my thoughts tend to..."
never stop

"I've noticed that I tend to dwell upon..."
what I remember, how that comports with what other people remember, and how those things which i remember led to this moment

"When I'm alone with my thoughts for more than a few minutes..."
i don't mind at all.

(hi!)
fenriss
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Hi back! Just getting around to making replies. I was robbed of my peaceful Friday afternoon.

Thoughts that never stop: a leading cause of insomnia. And stress. And terribly common in our absurdly info-rich culture. I keep trying to make time to do a few minutes of daily "sitting practice". I think the super-simple Zen instruction to just sit and slowly count your breaths from 1 to 10, and then start over is remarkably liberating when my thoughts start zooming too fast for comfort. Nut how often do I actually do this? Not often.

Memory: That's really interesting. Memory is such a slippery thing. I keep being reminded of how you can't always count on it to tell you the truth. It's enlightening to ask other people to relate their memories of events, and then compare them with your own. You can uncover some really weird inconsistencies, where your brain seems to have gone back and filled in details that nobody else can confirm for you. Memory is not what it seems to be.

Thanks for your input :)
(no subject) - lizaboo - Sep. 27th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
peregrin8
Sep. 23rd, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
I fret. I replay tiny old gaffes and have imaginary future conversations and I think of lots of things that are extremely unlikely to go wrong, but COULD!, and then there's the "would misterdarkness still want me if I lost various appendages in various horrible ways" train of thought, and then there is the litany of things I want to do but have given up or feel I ought to give up... Oh, it's fun in there.
fenriss
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah. All I can really do here is commiserate. Your thoughts patterns sound to much like my own to have anything of use to say.

then there's the "would misterdarkness still want me if I lost various appendages in various horrible ways" train of thought

Eee. You do that, too, huh? I'm sorry to hear it, yet I am glad I'm not the only one.
aghrivaine
Sep. 23rd, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
When staring at the cieling at night, which is when my mind roams to where the wild things are - I tend to rehearse future conversations with people, about stuff that I wish they understood. I imagine confrontations that might happen, and I play them out in my head. You might think that such conversations would play out like a Socratic dialogue, where I make brilliant points and all they can say is, "Yes, Socrates, I see." - but in fact, it's never that easy.

I also spend a lot of time castigating myself for the things I've failed to do, and generally flogging myself to do more, and worrying about the things I haven't done.

During the day, when the sun is up and I'm not half so neurotic, I tend to look around me and notice things that are beautiful or interesting or noteworthy. It's quite a marked difference, and sometimes I can even talk myself into knowing that it's not hopeless, in the midst of those nightthoughts, because it will fade when the sun comes up. And sometimes that works.

sometimes.
fenriss
Sep. 27th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
"in daylight, all tragedy fades"

That's a lyric of my honey's. I think it's right except for the "all" part.
smoakes777
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
When left to their own devices, my thoughts tend to bring up a random memory, either from my own life or from a book or movie, then connect that to another memory from a different time and place that seems largely unrelated, then jump to another, walking down a path of memories, tying them together into a linear stream
smoakes777
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, and I make movies in my head in which I think of the exact right thing to say at the exact right moment and all the people in my life are either wonderfully amused or stunned into silence. I often play these movies over and over, perfecting them.
nixieq
Sep. 23rd, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
ha! i'll second that, although somewhat modified to conversation/situation-rehearsing and fantasizing about being Too Cool For Words. >;)
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 27th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 27th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - nixieq - Sep. 27th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
eac
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that I dwell upon injustices and irritations (both in my own life, and in the world), worry about the well being of my friends, or focus on fan girl things.
eac
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, and fret about time and money issues.
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 27th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
_blackjack_
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
"When I'm alone with my thoughts for more than a few minutes..."

...I end up narrating everything like a pulp novel. Or giving imaginary lectures. Or giving imaginary lectures like they were in a pulp novel.
fenriss
Sep. 27th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
Do leggy dames often feature in these thoughts?
vicar
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
1. fantasize about sex, replay prior sexual experiences, lament mistakes I've made and replay them in horrific detail regardless of time passage.
2. See #1.
3. This is the norm, I'm not sure how to respond.
fenriss
Sep. 27th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
Well, the sex part it utterly normal. Me too, I suppose.

Sorry about the dwelling on past failures. Try to let that go, man.
avahgdu
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
As you probably know, I have MPD. Not pretend MPD, as ran rampant in the con years, but the real deal.

So, my thought processes will make no sense to anyone but me, most likely.
chadu
Sep. 23rd, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
I think about everything, all at once, all the time.

One reason I like to talk and develop my thoughts while talking/opining/conversing is that the act of speaking serves as a sieve or channel to permit me to better concentrate on one thing at a time.

CU
fenriss
Sep. 27th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
One reason I like to talk and develop my thoughts while talking/opining/conversing is that the act of speaking serves as a sieve or channel to permit me to better concentrate on one thing at a time.

*nods* Extroverted thinking. I do that, too, and I find I can't really crystalize a thought into a useful theory or plan until I've brought it out into the world in the form of words. That's the definition of ET, really.
spasmsproject
Sep. 23rd, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'd like to do this, but I'll forget about it by the time I get home, so could you please reply to this as a kind of reminder so I do it?

Thanks!
fenriss
Sep. 24th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
Hi! I'd really love to hear your thoughts about this, if you have a moment.
(no subject) - spasmsproject - Sep. 24th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 27th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Page 1 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>
( 37 comments — Leave a comment )