Rumination — also known as brooding, stewing, obsessing, worrying, overthinking, or dwelling on things — is an unhealthy style of thinking. It’s negative, repetitive, and prolonged, and has many undesirable consequences. It makes bad moods worse, interferes with motivation and problem-solving, and increases the risk of depression, overeating, alcohol abuse, and relationship problems. Take this quiz to find out if rumination is a problem for you.
For each statement below, select the answer that best fits you.