Physics & the Mind: Excessive Thinking

Angular momentum, a fundamental concept in physics, describes the rotational momentum of an object in motion around a central point or axis. It’s governed by the principle of conservation, which states that the total angular momentum of a system remains constant if not acted upon by external forces.

In the context of overthinking, angular momentum can be metaphorically related to the mental ‘spin’ one experiences when fixated on a problem. If the mental rotations become relentless they can lead to a ‘death spiral’ of over-analysis, where the mind becomes increasingly trapped in a loop of circling, unproductive thoughts. This cognitive overworking not only impedes problem-solving but can also lead to mental exhaustion, much like an object in physical motion eventually loses energy due to external forces.

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