I ran across this interesting article: Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform
I don’t disagree with anything there, but I would caution that too many levels of thinking is where anxiety is rooted. It’s easy to think yourself into a paralysis of indecision. If you are one of the lucky few who have the self-discipline to stop analyzing at precisely the right moment, then good on ya. But at the other extreme, maybe too much analysis enables what seems like an epidemic of uncertainty, mistrust, and general anxiety. At least partially.
No doubt that a lack of any second order thinking can lead to disaster. But there’s something to be said for those of you who can make a quick decision and then sleep soundly. You move quickly. Sometimes, move recklessly. But at least you’re moving.
Either way, I don’t think it’s simple enough to say that Second Order Thinking is a good thing in and of itself. As with most things, you need a good sense of balance. The good sense to know when to keep thinking, and when it’s too much. Where to stop and finalize things without second guessing yourself.