Return of the Dreaded Overthink!

Over the 20+ years of TVWriter™’s existence, we’ve spoken many times about the problem of overthinking our art, our work, and/or our lives. In face, we’ve published so many articles about it some people might call our concern an obsession. Or even – OMG! – more of the dreaded overthink.

Here’s the latest on how to put your overthinking obsession in its proper place.

How to Stop Yourself from Overthinking Everything
by Elizabeth Yuko

Everyone overthinks a decision or situation from time-to-time, but for some it becomes an obsession and gets in the way of their ability to function. When faced with a difficult decision, for example, it’s a good idea to take the time to weigh the potential risks and benefits of your options and consider the possible outcomes. But when it gets to the point where you’re getting distressed by imaging all the worst-case scenarios and then convincing yourself that they’re inevitable, it’s time to stop these thought patterns. Here are a few ways to do it.

Overthinking tends to fall into one of two categories: ruminating and worrying. Ruminating involves replaying a situation or problem over and over in your mind, according to the late Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a former professor of psychology at Yale University. Here’s how Farah Aqel, a science journalist for Deutsche Welle (a German public international broadcaster) describes ruminating:

We ruminate by obsessing over our thoughts and thinking repetitively about various aspects of a past situation…People prone to such patterns of thought may, for example, overanalyze every single detail of a relationship that breaks up. They often blame themselves for what has happened and are overcome with regret, with typical thoughts being:

– I should have been more patient and more supportive.

– I have lost the most perfect partner ever.

– No one will love me again.

Ruminating typically involves a combination of regret, self-loathing and self-blaming, and is associated with the development of depression, anxiety and eating disorders, Aqel reports….

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Last Week’s Most Important Cord Cutting Developments

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Sponsors will Spend $1 Billion on Podcasts in the U.S. Next Year

What? Is this for real? Is podcasting really taking over the universe? Where are Rick and Morty to protect us? Well, at least now we know why Steven Spielberg’s Amblin’ Partners has been spending one Acme Bunch O’Bucks getting the TV series rights to so many ficpods. Whoa!

by eMarketer Editors

Podcast listenership in the US has been soaring in recent years and advertising dollars are following. Podcast ad spending is a bright spot amid lackluster digital radio spending. According to eMarketer’s latest forecast, US podcast ad spending will surpass 20% of digital radio ad spending this year and cross the $1 billion mark next year.

By the end of 2020, podcast ad spending in the US will reach $782.0 million, up 10.4% from last year, giving it a 21.0% share of the US digital radio ad market. And in 2021, spending will jump nearly 45% to $1.13 billion.

“Growth in podcast advertising spend will be more resilient this year relative to digital radio advertising as a whole, which will see double-digit declines,” said eMarketer forecasting director at Insider Intelligence Shelleen Shum. “The continued growth in podcast advertising is no surprise, as investments have made podcasts accessible to a wider audience. The news genre, a focus of many podcast advertisers, has performed well during the pandemic. While some ad campaigns were paused in H1 due to the uncertainty from COVID-19 lockdowns, we expect a rebound in Q3 and Q4.”

Only a very small percentage of podcast advertising is bought programmatically. This year, just 4.0% will be programmatic, with that figure increasing to 6.0% next year. eMarketer expects triple-digit growth to continue through 2021, as investments in audience measurement and the shift from untrackable baked-in ads toward dynamically inserted ones pave the way for programmatic buys. By 2022, 8.0% of podcast ads will be traded programmatically.

“One of the key challenges in podcast advertising is the lack of uniformity in measurement,” Shum said. “The IAB has released a set of guidelines to establish a common set of ad metrics for podcasts, which should bring some standardization to the industry and give advertisers more confidence….”

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Larry Brody: Live! From Paradise! #108 “Medicine in Paradise”

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THE USUAL NOTE FROM LB: From the summer of 2002 to  the spring of 2010, Gwen the Beautiful and I were the proud and often exhausted owners of a beautiful Ozarks property we called Cloud Creek Ranch.

In many ways, the ranch was paradise. But it was a paradise with a price that started going up before we even knew it existed. Here’s another Monday musing about our adventure and the lessons we learned.

Oh, and if y’all detect any irony, please believe me when I say it comes straight from the universe and not your kindly Uncle Larry B.

by Larry Brody

Last week Burl Jr. the New Groundskeeper surprised us with some news, and it wasn’t good.

“My mom’s having open heart surgery tomorrow,” he said as he, Gwen the Beautiful, and I took turns trying to start the riding mower that had been sitting idle for six months.

“What?” I said. “Tomorrow?”

“I didn’t know Laurie was having problems,” Gwen said.

“We didn’t either,” Burl Jr. said. “But Mom started running out of breath and getting dizzy, so my father made her see Dr. Max. Dr Max sent them to a cardiologist he knew in Fayetteville for an angiogram yesterday. The cardiologist there said Mom had to have a bypass ASAP.”

“Who’s the cardiologist?” I said. “Who’s the surgeon?”

“Whoever Dr. Max sent her to, I guess.”

“How do we know they’re the best? Maybe your dad should take your mother somewhere else—“

“Larry—“ Gwen said warningly.

“I just think Laurie should get the best treatment possible. Don’t you? We’ve got to make sure she does.“

“And how’re ‘we’ going to do that?” Gwen said. “We’re not part of the medical community. But Dr. Max is.”

“Right. But we need a second opinion. We need an ‘in.’ If there’s one thing life has taught me it’s that you’ve got to be an insider if you want to get the best of—well—everything.”

“Is that what life’s taught you?” said Gwen. “Or showbiz?”

“Now that you mention it,” Burl Jr. said to Gwen, “seems to me that Larry B’s always said that life and showbiz aren’t at all the same thing.”

“This isn’t about me and how I view the world,” I said. “It’s about your mother.”

And I hurried into the house. Got on the phone. Called—who else? The Insider’s insider…The Old Billionaire.

“As a matter of fact, I do know the best cardiologist in the South,” the Old Billionaire told me. “And the best cardiovascular surgical team. The folks who did my quadruple bypass ten years ago.”

“They’re good? Really good?” I said.

“I’m still breathing, aren’t I?” said the Old Billionaire. “When I should be six feet in the ground. And just to make sure other people keep breathing too I built these boys their own hospital wing. That’s how good they are.”

I wrote down the name. Went back outside just as Burl Jr. got the mower fired up. “Call your father!” I shouted. “I’ve got the name of the Best Man for the Job!”

Burl Jr. took the stick-it note I handed him. “Soon as I finish mowing,” he said.

“Forget the mowing—“ I said. But he trundled off and Gwen took my arm.

“Let it be,” she said.


“Let it be. Different people handle their worry in different ways. You’ve got to call billionaires. Burl Jr.’s got to work.”

I knew she was right, so I let it be. And forced myself to sit back and do one of the things I do worst in the world—wait. And one of the things I do best—worry.

I made it through the rest of the day, and the following morning as well. But I couldn’t fully relax until Burl Jr. came over to the main house a little after noon to tell us how things had turned out.

“Mom’s doing great. They did a triple bypass, and everything was routine. The doctor guaranteed that she’ll feel the best she has in years. He even told dad to start buffing up because he’s going to need to be in great condition to keep up with her now.”

Gwen and I sighed with relief. But some business still was unfinished.

“So who did the surgery?” I said. “Dr. Max’s doctor? Or the Old Billionaire’s?”

Burl Jr. grinned. “Both,” he said.


“Dr. Max’s doctor is the Old Billionaire’s doctor. They went to medical school together back in the day.”

Burl Jr. went outside to do some weed whacking. Gwen put her hand on my shoulder. Gave me a wry smile that meant, “So we needed an ‘in,’ huh? To make sure Laurie got the best care?”

And there it was. Another Lesson from Paradise:

One of the best things about living where everyone knows everyone else is that not only do they know who the good people are, they even know the good doctors as well.

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