My humble answer: I tend to be a worrier. Ever since I was a little kid I let things whirl around in my head too long. I think about conversations I had and what I should have said. I usually don't remember names and faces, but a conversation is something I never forget. This, I suppose, is good because it makes for good writing material. Yet sometimes I mull things over so much that it causes some anxiety. In the past this caused a passive aggressive behavior on my part, but after some counseling (way back in 1985 when I was at the asthma hospital) allowed me to control this.
On a similar note, I also have anticipation anxiety. There could be something I want to do, like teach a class about oxygen 101, yet I have this desire to be the best I can be so much that I worry about it. The same thing about the commission I'm a part of. I have a meeting once a month in which I am the chair, and I want to be the best chair I can be. So I find myself researching Robert's Rules of Order before every meeting, and then I mull it over and over in my head if this is something I want to do. I sometimes convince myself I don't want to do it any more. Yet during the meetings I love it. During class I love it. I suppose in a way this is what makes me such a good teacher/writer.
To remedy this problem is that I twist it around and make it an advantage. I know that by the time I enter a classroom, or a meeting hall, that I'm the most prepared person in the room. I also know that what I described above is common among responsible persons.
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