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My way of learning is to heave a wild and unpredictable monkey-wrench into the machinery. –The Maltese Falcon by Dashell Hammett

Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch: what is your protagonist’s learning style? How does he or she feel about chaos as a way of getting information?

Journaling Prompt: Describe your favored learning style.

Art Prompt: How I Learn Best

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the basic learning styles and give them at least one way they can use this information to improve their lives.

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…change is all too often only a word to signify chaos. -Kate Elliott, Shadow Gate

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about the chaos of change.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a change that was chaotic for you.

Art Prompt: Change or Chaos

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the chaos of change. Inform your audience about how they can harness that energy to move forward.

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There are three primary types of overthinking:

1. Rant-and-rave overthinking is the most familiar type and usually centers around some wrong we believe has been done to us. Rants and raves tend to take on an air of wounded self-righteousness and focus on designing a retributions that will severely sting our victimizers… rant-and-rave overthinking tends to paint others as terrible villains without considering the “other side of the story.”

2.Life-of-their-own overthinking begins innocently as we notice we’re feeling upset or we ponder a recent event. Then we begin to entertain possible causes for our feelings… all these possibilities seem highly likely. We accept all the explanations we generate, especially the most dramatic ones, as equally plausible.

3. Chaotic overthinking occurs when we don’t move in a straight line from one problem to another, but it is as if all kinds of concerns, many of the unrelated, flood our minds all at the same time… Chaotic overthinking can be especially immobilizing because we can’t identify what we feel or think very clearly-we are just overwhelmed with feelings and thoughts that disorient us and often cause us to shut down or run away. -Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD, Women Who Think Too Much: How to Break Free of Overthinking and Reclaim Your Life

Writing Prompt: Write an inner monologue for your character that involves overthinking.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a time when you got stuck in an overthinking cycle.

Art Prompt: Overthinking

Speech/Creative NonFiction Prompt: Write about how overthinking damages personal and professional relationships.

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