Rumination

As used in psychology, rumination refers to an individual's obsessive focus on a source of stress rather than concentrating on finding a solution or being able to shift their mental focus to another topic. Most likely everyone has had the experience of "ruminating" at some time in their life. This frequently happens in the middle of the night when a person is trying to sleep but is being kept awake by some type of worry that they can't do anything about.

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History of Psychology
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