What causes people to over-analyze situations and how many people do it?

United States
January 5, 2007 5:14pm CST
I'm an over-analyzer. It never fails that I am constantly thinking over situations, trying to figure out the possible outcomes. I have often speculated that it's because I don't want to get hurt, or I want to make sure I'm prepared for whatever may happen...but in essence, isn't that fear, also? I will often find myself playing out conversations in my head about what I would say if this happened, or what I would do if this happened. I mean, I will even study right down to the tone of voice or the way the body moved when it was said. Anyone else do this? Is this just a female thing? Is this just a me thing? (Maybe I need a psychiatrist *grin*).