No SSRI for a while… again! But I’m really proud to post the latest guest strip, this time by my boyfriend, Mitchymuss Alexander. Here he’s very openly portraying something I struggle with daily; RUMINATION (click the image to embiggen).
Rumination (from The Free Dictionary):
|Noun||1.||rumination – a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
cogitation, study – attentive consideration and meditation; “after much cogitation he rejected the offer”
consideration – the process of giving careful thought to something
meditation, speculation – continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; “the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge”
meditation – (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects)
introspection, self-contemplation, self-examination – the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
retrospect – contemplation of things past; “in retrospect”
|2.||rumination – (of ruminants) chewing (the cud); “ruminants have remarkable powers of rumination”|
|3.||rumination – regurgitation of small amounts of food; seen in some infants after feeding|
It’s actually sounds fine, eh (apart from maybe the last two!)? A bit of meditation, self-reflection, surely that kind of thing’s good for the soul, and for self-awareness?
Well the psychological definition is a bit different (from Wikipedia):
Rumination is usually defined as repetitively focusing on the symptoms of distress, and on its possible causes and consequences. Extensive research on the effects of rumination, or the tendency to self-reflect, shows that the negative form of rumination interferes with people’s ability to focus on problem-solving and results in dwelling on negative thoughts about past failures. Evidence from studies suggests that the negative implications of rumination are due to cognitive biases, such as memory and attentional biases, which predispose ruminators to selectively devote attention to negative stimuli.
As Mitch’s strip today demonstrates, rumination can make even the most simple internal decision a minefield. It affects problem solving because we’re predisposed to think of all the times we got problem-solving wrong, and to completely reject the (often magnitudinously larger) amount of times we got it right… And we often become the only people in our lives who don’t trust us to do the right thing.
I do wonder if the last definition from the dictionary is somehow the most appropriate one – that instead of self reflecting, we endlessly chew over and regurgitate useless thoughts…