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« Reply #25 on: 11/07/2007 00:54:28 »

A lot of people would simply class that as making contingency plans. I've done similar myself when I was lecturing. It doesn't do for a lecturer to be caught out by a question so I would try to anticipate what students might ask and try to ensure I was pre-armed with a response.

Also, when I had to represent myself in the County Court for a custody case I tried to anticipate everything that might be said in the witness box.

However, I accept that it can be taken a bit far. What are you like if you fancy a hot drink? Do you sit there for hours working out what you could have or just go to the cupboard (or wherever) & grab a jar of coffee?

Or what if you make a journey? Do you consider everything that could go wrong and pre-plan a way round it?

I would do that a lot when i was in County Court for the same reason, 6 years that is possibly where it all started. well, if not started definitely got worse.

As for the coffee analogy, no i only drink coffee so no problem there. but other aspects of daily life, yes.





I don't see much wrong with that. Don't we all consider things after the event and think "What I should have done/said was..."?

The problem is i do this before each and every event, it is very rare that i have spontaneous conversation. i rarely just bump in to people and start chatting, so the vast majority of my face to face or even phone conversations are on a predetermined date and time. the conversation is then planned and all possible deviations thought through and appropriate responses considered, evaluated and memorised.

Even if someone passing by says or does something, i never take that on face value, i always have to know why it was done or said. then the process of dissecting their demena, tone of voice etc can last for days.

that is why i have tried to stay away from the topic "Does Moon exist if you don't look at it? " because this is how i approach everything.

i can feel the comfy leather couch calling.

I agree that we have deviated from the original topic, but i bet mhcarlin  finds it fascinating.
 

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« Reply #26 on: 11/07/2007 01:07:39 »
I don't only analyse situations after they have gone wrong, but think it at least as important to analyse situations when they go right (to asses what I did right, and to asses by what margin was the success, and were there things I could have done to improve the margin between success and failure).

If all you are doing is analysing failure, then you can never avert failure, but only correct for it after the event (and maybe prevent a repeat of two similar failures, but never anticipate a failure that you have not previously experienced).
 

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« Reply #27 on: 11/07/2007 01:09:49 »
I agree that we have deviated from the original topic, but i bet mhcarlin  finds it fascinating.

I would rather we did not presume what other people might think, but await his own response on the matter - if he wishes to bring this topic back to where it started, it is for him (or her) to provide guidance on that.
 

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« Reply #28 on: 11/07/2007 01:11:49 »
I don't only analyse situations after they have gone wrong, but think it at least as important to analyse situations when they go right (to asses what I did right, and to asses by what margin was the success, and were there things I could have done to improve the margin between success and failure).

If all you are doing is analysing failure, then you can never avert failure, but only correct for it after the event (and maybe prevent a repeat of two similar failures, but never anticipate a failure that you have not previously experienced).


i too analyse all situations, good or bad. i do think i take it to the extreme, but it is such a way of life now that no matter how hard i try i just can not stop. this is quite often the cause of my lack of sleep.
 

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« Reply #29 on: 11/07/2007 07:22:55 »
I don't only analyse situations after they have gone wrong, but think it at least as important to analyse situations when they go right (to asses what I did right, and to asses by what margin was the success, and were there things I could have done to improve the margin between success and failure).

If all you are doing is analysing failure, then you can never avert failure, but only correct for it after the event (and maybe prevent a repeat of two similar failures, but never anticipate a failure that you have not previously experienced).


I quite agree. I only used the failure scenario as an example.
 

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« Reply #30 on: 11/07/2007 07:24:25 »
I don't only analyse situations after they have gone wrong, but think it at least as important to analyse situations when they go right (to asses what I did right, and to asses by what margin was the success, and were there things I could have done to improve the margin between success and failure).

If all you are doing is analysing failure, then you can never avert failure, but only correct for it after the event (and maybe prevent a repeat of two similar failures, but never anticipate a failure that you have not previously experienced).


i too analyse all situations, good or bad. i do think i take it to the extreme, but it is such a way of life now that no matter how hard i try i just can not stop. this is quite often the cause of my lack of sleep.

If it's causing you problems to that extent then I think you should seek help. There's a drug called Flupenthixol that stops you thinking too much about things. Don't ask me how it works as I don't have a clue.
 

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« Reply #31 on: 11/07/2007 07:26:18 »
I agree that we have deviated from the original topic, but i bet mhcarlin  finds it fascinating.

I would rather we did not presume what other people might think, but await his own response on the matter - if he wishes to bring this topic back to where it started, it is for him (or her) to provide guidance on that.

But I'm a psychologist; so presuming what others may think or do is what I do!  :D
 

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« Reply #32 on: 16/07/2007 09:42:48 »
There is a good 10 point article in a recent New scientist, about how we make decisions. i had a read last night andit was quite interesting.
 

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