The world of science is full of “Eureka” moments, where a sudden insight or solution to a problem suddenly appears in the mind, from the story of Archimedes in the bathtub to Newton’s apple and Einstein’s theory of relativity.
There are two types of thinking, intentional and unintentional. Intentional thinking is thinking on purpose, which includes things like planning, analysis and problem-solving. Unintentional thinking is when our attention is drawn towards automatic thoughts, when our mind wanders away from what we are doing in the present. The thoughts that arise when our mind wanders can be negative, positive, or neutral and about the past, present or future. Unintentional automatic thoughts tend to be more negative for several reasons: