binge thinking
pp. Overthinking a problem; thinking obsessively and intensely over a short period.
binge thinker n.

Example Citations:
Such warnings ...should instead aim at the rest of us to rein in our reckless consumption of political promises and the inevitable binge thinking that follows.

Binge thinkers are a growing social problem. They can go for days without significant mental activity, particularly during election campaigns, but then ruin it all when the time comes to vote in the hope that maybe just one in a hundred promises will turn out not to be a lie.
—Andy Piggford, “Capital's fogging up the country,” The West Australian, July 16, 2011

Perhaps, in time, the department can show tangible results from the expensive command center. For now, though, it looks like a case of binge thinking.
—“ABC‘s new big rig raises big questions,” The Virginian-Pilot, August 2, 2013

Earliest Citation:
A professor defines binge thinking as ‘having five or more thoughts at one sitting’ while standing in front of wall filled with signs pertaining to “dumbing down.” [Cartoon description]
—“Letters to the editor,” St. Petersburg Times, December 26, 1997

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