I recently ran across this article – Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform
While I don’t disagree with anything there, I’d say that too many levels of thinking results in anxiety. It’s not difficult to think yourself into 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 that’s excellent. But at the other extreme, maybe over-analysis is causing what seems to be 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 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.