You have heard the expression “a picture paints a thousand words”? Well, I am more of a believer in “why look at a picture when you can use a thousand words?” Through self-evaluation, I have determined that there are two reasons why I always over-explain. 1) I dread — and I mean DREAD — the idea of being misunderstood. I think it may even be a phobia. There may even be a name for it. *pause for internet search* There is! It is called ambiguphobia.
2) Nobody just “accepts” my thoughts or ideas when I state them simply. I don’t know if this is something I have caused by always explaining so thoroughly that nobody feels the need to tune in to my specific words, because they know that they will absorb it through repetition, or if it is because I have no credibility whatsoever. *breath* I tend to believe the second, mostly because if I cite other sources when speaking, (CNN, Oprah, my husband, etc.) then I elicit the proper response and my need to continue talking ends. So.
I decided to write about the things that I think in a blog, and get feedback from readers on how I could have said what I have said (this is starting to sound very Dr. Seuss) with few words. OR, if readers believe that I am not over-explaining and that I in fact have used just the right amount of words, in which case I will use this blog and those comments to say “nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!” to those who have ridiculed me in the past.
Does that just about explain it? Or over-explain?