Sunday, June 13, 2010

Are You Analytical?

Hello Everyone,

Those of you who follow my blog know I'm an author. When you write you need to know your characters inside and out. Your hero and heroine can think like you do but one of them has to take the opposite viewpoint. If they don't there would be no conflict between them. lol

Have you ever gone to a movie with friends or hubby and it was so good that you wanted analyze every part of it and explain it to others even those who saw it with you? lol I used to. My friends and I could see a movie and discuss every aspect of what went on between the characters. Now, if I go to the theatre with hubby it's either a good movie, okay one or bad. lol He has no desire to talk about it. lol

My hubby thinks I'm disagreeing with him when I give him another viewpoint other than the one he gives. Often I agree with him but will still throw out the other side of a situation just to give him more to think about. lol Of course, he doesn't see it that way.

About this time, you are probably asking yourself what is the purpose of analyzing everything. The reason is to understand the other viewpoint whether we think it's wrong or right. I have always been analytical from a very young age. I studied people, their mannerisms, their tone of voice and their actions. I wondered what these things meant. As I grew older I knew what they meant, and then I wanted to know why. Many of these actions were explained to me through books, movies, and other people until I was able to develop my beliefs.

I try to understand everyone and everything. I may not agree with a person, but I appreciate their feelings. Sometimes, I can't identify with them. Do you analyze or do you just accept that is the way it is without thought?

Have a good week. See you next Sunday.



Katalina Leon said...

I view analytical thinking as a huge gift. If it comes naturally to you exploit it! True analytical thinking adds layers of information and experience to any situation.

Miriam Newman said...

An analytical mind has to be both a blessing and a curse--a blessing because of what it contributes and a curse when others don't understand it or, worse, just flat out reject it. That has to be the most frustrating part. Congrats on your first print release, by the way. That just happened to me recently and it's a special feeling, isn't it?

KT BISHOP said...

I've always been a analytical type person who sees from all sides. My brother told me once that I think too much.

Sandy said...

Thanks, Kat. I agree with you. Grin.

Anonymous said...

Gee Sandy, my 1 sister feels the same as your hubby if you express an opposite opinion. Yay! I'm not alone. Me in NC.

Sandy said...

You're so right about the analytical mind being a curse and a blessing.

Thank you for the congrats and congratulations to you on your first print book. Yes, it's a special feeling.

Thank you for stopping by Miriam.

Sandy said...


Your brother might be right but if so maybe he doesn't think enough. lol

Thanks for coming by.

phoebe said...

What you describe as analytical is what I might have called "liberal" in the VERY old sense--as in, keeping an open mind, understanding there is always more than one side to any issue and that someone who agrees with you does not necessarily eat babies. You are right that being a "devil's advocate" is intriguing, interesting, even helpful but that folks often don't appreciate it. M. S. Spencer, author of Lost in His Arms & Lost & Found from Red Rose Publishing.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Phoebe. You are also very right in your assessment of being analytical.

I'll have to check out your books at Red Rose Publishing.

robynl said...

Oh I am analytical; I like to see it from every angle and talk about the movie/show. Just ask hubby; he gets perturbed at times, lol. I've been told to keep quiet and watch the movie by others.

Sandy said...

LOL Robyn, I don't analyse it until after the movie is over.

Thanks for your comment. I love it.

My hubby runs a commentary when he's watching the news, and I tell him to be quiet so I can hear what the newscaster is saying. lol

Lynn S. said...

Hi Sandy!

I am very analytical. I often find myself observing people's mannerisms and facial expressions as well. I guess it's just a habit. I've been accused of being over-analytical but again, I think its out of habit.

Great post!

DeanY said...

Miriam is right on with it being a blessing and curse.

Sandy said...

Thank you, Lynn.

I've been accused of being over-analytical too.

Sandy said...

I agree, DeanY. It certainly is.

Thanks for stopping by.

April Ash said...

I think I'm depends on the situation and how much I want to think about something! If I'm looking for straight entertainment from TV/books/conversations, I just enjoy what's happening. If I want to delve deeper, than it's time to analyze whatever I'm doing.

Sandy said...

Thanks for your comment, April.

It certainly doesn't hurt to be a little bit of both. That way you don't overdue the analyzing.

Zee Monodee said...

Lol Sandy. Lots of people who know me wouldn't believe this but I'm usually the quiet one in gatherings or in public. I'm always 'analyzing', looking, grasping, picking cues and other little details up. I believe observation is a great tool for inspiration, especially for us writers since we rely on what we have observed to convey meaning through words.

As for the hubby's remarks, join the club! Mine says I analyze movies and books so much I could be writing up PhD theses on them!

Big hugs

Sandy said...

LOL Men! If they only knew how much we analyze them. Wink!

You are right about observing being a great tool for writers, Zee.

Thanks for stopping by.

Huge hugs back.

Anonymous said...

great post and yes, writing has changed all my reading and viewing tastes. I am more critical but I can also see into what's happening more. There are times/shows that Joe just can't figure out how I knew XXX was going to happen or 'well, he never figured out that side of things!"

Sandy said...

Thanks for your comment, Judy.

BTW, if anyone needs any information on horses you should go to Judy's blog.

J Hali said...

I'm one of those that tears everything apart to put it back together--words, sentences, thoughts...that's how I learned to appreciate differences in people and ideas.

Sandy said...

Thank you for your thoughtful comment, J. Hali.