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When a Train of Thoughts Goes Off the Rails - New Study Delves Into the Minds of Extreme Ruminators

MONTREAL, Nov. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The potential of the human brain seems limitless. We have the ability to learn and process complex information, store memories, as well as strategize and plan. In a world of instant messaging and people who intentionally film themselves doing painfully stupid things, the ability to deliberate carefully before taking action should be praised, should it not? But even thinking can be taken too far. Extreme rumination is the tendency to engage in repetitive and obsessive negative thinking.Analyzing data collected from 1,123 ruminators who took the Emotional Intelligence Test, Queendom researchers attempted to answer one seemingly simple question: What was it like to be in the mind of a ruminator? What they discovered was a world of chaos and spiraling negativity.WILD, RAMPANT THOUGHTS
Ruminators' proclivity for over-thinking likely won't come as a surprise. For example:


91% recognize that they have an obsessive mind.



93% admitted that they spend hours reflecting on what people say to them, including offhand or seemingly innocent remarks.



98% said that they tend to overanalyze situations, finding problems that don't really exist.



90% said they keep themselves up at night thinking about their problems.



73% admitted that it's difficult to forget about their problems and just have fun.

INABILITY TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT
Keeping their mind in the present and being mindful is a struggle for ruminators.


54% said that they feel like they're running on "auto-pilot" and just going through the motions.



74% admitted that it "terrifies" them not knowing what the future holds.



60% said that they can't figure out what they want out of life.

INABILITY TO REGULATE AND CHANNEL NEGATIVE EMOTIONS
Wayward thoughts trigger wild emotions, and vice versa.
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