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Can the over-examined life be fully lived? What is a good gauge of crossing the line?
Meidan Koresh posted a question that sparked discussion [jan 2014] from Socrates' statement that an examined life is not worth living.
For some time, I have asked what I see as a corolary question; well, really I have thought of it as a statement:
The over-examined life cannot be fully lived.
As I read through the exchange related to Meidan's question, I did not find many cautions against examiniation that precludes living. I wonder, then, do TED adherents (if that is an acceptable characterization) are simply those that are well balanced in living and avoid the black hole of excessive, possibly paralyzing introspection?
Is some fraction of the mental health community devoted to this balance point? (And some, possibly similar, fraction of self-help bookshelf space?)
The smattering of happiness research I think I am familiar with stresses community, family, leisure, and pleasure. Where within these spheres does the well examined life fall? (I allow for some degree of introspection that may result for the interpersonal dynamics of many human communities yet the counter to that allowance seems to be that the happiest of peoples spend quite a small amount of time with therapy.)
Colleen Steen and some others touched on this in the earlier exchange.
Some responses that would I'm interested in:
a) is a response an indication of an over-examined life?
b) is a mindful routine (as with exercise, mediation, etc.) to reflect healthy?
c) is there a clear point (if so, what are the indicators) of reaching an over-examined conditon?