How many thoughts do you have per day?

The New York Times reported that Alex Rodriguez’ “performance coach” is working with Alex to reduce the number of thoughts he has per day. Most people, he says, have 2-3,000 (that works out to about three per minute, in case you were wondering), whereas highly trained professional athletes get rid of negative and useless thoughts, reducing their total daily thought count down to 1,200 or so. And they hold each thought longer.

I’m sure Dogen would agree that this seems very logical so far, but I still have two questions. First, how do the athletes reduce their thought count? And second, exactly how do you define a “thought”?

19 Responses to “How many thoughts do you have per day?”

  1. Brian Richmond Says:

    I occassionally think about my thoughtlessness.

  2. Bob Clarke Says:

    Taken in context, if an athlete (or anyone performing) has a thought in their strategy it often acts as an extra step that slows them down enough to lose.
    IE: A fighter will see an opening in an opponent and, without thinking, throw a punch. It’s two steps that happen so quickly it appears to be one and the fighter may not even know that he saw the opening. Where as if that same fighter sees the opening in his opponent and has a thought, I should punch now, he may miss the opportunity to be effective with the punch and may even get punched because he was caught thinking instead of doing. So to sum it up you need to have a see and do rather than a see and think and do.

  3. prskash Says:

    think a person driving a car in rush hours, how many thought he may be entertaining per minute ? we need to stretch our thought to get an indicaive answer.

  4. DAY 3 - Stop! Look! Listen! « Blogging Elul Says:

    [...] LOOK at how I am thinking – am I moving toward or away from what is good.   It is believed we have between 2,000 – 3,000 thoughts per day.  http://www.numenware.com/article/268  [...]

  5. Training the Mind Says:

    If we have a flow of thoughts that lead from one subject to another does that mean we only had one thought? If we are thinking while we are driving about where we are going, how to operate the vehicle, anticipating the actions of other drivers, determining the physics invovled in simply merging into traffic, and this doesnt even mention the road condition or weather factors, are we still able to think about what we are going to have for dinner when we get home?

    I submit that we can think about several thoughts at once, then we can take action on the ones we choose. Some of the actions require only the thought of a muscle memory response such as turning on the blinker or pressing the brake. Others require cognative thought to articulate the body or change the thought or idea into spoken word.

    So now I submit what about those people who listen to the radio while driving? Does that mean that they are not thinking about driving when the radio gives them a thought? How about those invovled in conversation while driving? Are they distracted to a level of unsafe driving? I submit that although it may be different for each person, the longer they have been driving the more “extra” activities can be done without compromising safety. However, as the situation on the road changes from one that simply requires muscle memory to one that requires actual cognative thinking, (such as looking for an address or driving in a busy unfamiliar town) your “extra” activities should be limited to keep the safety level up.

    These are my thoughts and I am not currently driving.

  6. Caroline Says:

    I believe I have more thoughts than the average person, I do not dwell on one thing for long and I prefer sitting in the back of the car when someone else is driving because I have time to think.

    I think I have trained my mind to think a ton because as a writer I always need new ideas. Also as a long distance runner, I do not need to reduce my thoughts, rather to increase to keep my mind off of my tiredness.

  7. Daniel Kochanik Says:

    I think that it’s very hard to establish one particular number for a thoughts a day, because that number changes diametrically from person to person, and even one person different period are marked by different speed of thoughts.

    On one side you have people who think a lot, perhaps every second one thought, or some time less. Well, presuming that a day has 86 400 seconds, you could say that those people could have 60 000 – 100 000 thoughts a day.

    On the other hand, you have people who are light-headed, they don’t feel much stress and lead peaceful, organized life ( and the case of athletes, which has been mentioned a number of times above is not the only case of light-headed people). Those people can experience one thought in every 3-5 seconds, and sometimes not even that. They are capable of catching a certain comfortable notion and hold it for 15 seconds, or even much longer. Those people can have only like 1000 – 3000 thoughts a day, simply because of they slow frequency.

    So as I said in the beginning, it varies diametrically from person to person. And even in one person it can change diametrically, because for example, when some egoistic little brat becomes a monk by the age of 40, his frequency of thoughts is quite different from the times when he was 20.

    The athletes are probably quite low in frequency of thoughts as well. They keep it that way to ensure the serenity and peaceful lifestyle, which can lead to succesful completing with other athletes.

  8. Shekinah Says:

    I think there is a missunderstanding,a kind of confusion from all the writers who are mistaking “a thought” from “an idea”. But I am happy to learn more from them.

  9. Raghu Says:

    Hai. I have interesting about how many thoughts per day in human brain related subjects. so kindly can you send some notes or articles

  10. paul pawlowski Says:

    How many thoughts a day? Only One thought
    STOP NUKE WAR

    This morning BBC said Putin imposed sanctions on import of food
    from some NATO countries
    My thoughts
    Binary Microbiological Ethnic Weapons make Russians seedless
    as the GM seedless grape
    STOP NUKE WAR
    jew squat repopulate Eurasia with ZION slaves as ZION repopulated America with ZION slaves
    STOP NUKE WAR

    my thoughts
    jew squat HOLOCAUST 6 million Palestinians
    jew squat Binary GM HOLOCAUST Russiansd next
    then
    Jew Squar binary GM HOLOCAUST China next
    then
    Jew Squat binary microbiological ethnic weapon HOLOCAUST indigenous Tibetans
    jew squat repopulate Tibet with ZION slaves as ZION repopulated America with ZION slaves
    Only One Thought
    STOP NUKE WAR
    Vote for ME
    let voice ofd republican England be heard in the Royal Fascist House of Commons
    paul pawlowski
    Muzeum Sczytaja

  11. paul pawlowski Says:

    Today i went to the Polish embassy in Portland Road
    embassy lady open the door and asked W jakiej sprawie?
    What about
    _
    I told her tomorrow there is going to be big demonstration outside the BBC ( BBC is next door to the Polish Embassy)
    and i will be there with Tibetan Wind Horses implicating Poland
    POLSKA PIESC in MH 17 jetliner crash in Ukraine
    she said The Ambassdor is not in today – go to the Consulate
    (the Consulate is just across the road)
    Man at the Consulate told me to wait he will ask about my case
    then he told me The Consul wants you to write it down and send it to him by post
    The Consul will then give you appointment to come and talk with him
    Thank you and i left going back home
    on the way back home i experienced Enlightement
    – Beg Gurion was killing Jewish women and Jewish children to make Lebensraum for jew squat
    playing up 6 million Jews perished in HOLOCAUST
    claiming compensation from Germany and Poland for 6 million jew
    HOLOCAUST
    Bein Gurion then used the money to do 6 million HOLOCAUST Palestinians
    populate Lebensraum with 6 million jew squat

    Therefore today I am advising Palestinians Claim compensation from Germany and Poland for HOLOCAUST 6 million Palestinians
    Coming back i seen magazine THE ECONOMIST
    it had headline
    Won the battle lost the war- Israel

    Tomorrow is going to be big demonstration in front of BBC
    I have 14 galloping Wind Horses — the first horse carry rider
    GEN GURION
    HOLOCAUST
    6 MILLION Palestinians

    i had a busy day today – now going home shower collapse in bed
    rest for tomorrow
    – p.p.

  12. paul pawlowski Says:

    Yesterday many Palestinians marching for Gaza were looking at Tibetan Wind Horses galopping in the wind in front of BBC Portland Place London to resolve conflict between Apollo Paradise on Earth v ZION Hell on Earth

    The demonstration was booked to start at noon
    London bus brought me there at 10 o’clock
    At Oxford Circus i’ve seen trucks unloading piles of placards
    for the demonstration — all round the BBC piles of placards on the pavements for the demonstrators

    The placards were factory mass produced — the sticks carry markings of the same batch factory mass produced sticks
    Oxford Circus BBC Portland Place waiting for masses to pick up placards – i sat on my tripod stool right in front of BBC Tibetan Wind Horses attached to my walking stick — waiting for demo to begin
    waiting for the River of Placards calling on BBC stop GAZA slauhter

    I sat on my stool from 11 to 2 watching Palestinians marching on BBC calling
    FREE PALESTINE Shame on you BBC
    – river of Palestinians marching wih placards looking at Tibetan Wind Horses

    Ben Gurion HOLOCAUST 6 million Palestinians

    Poland-born Ben Gurion POLSKA PIESC
    HOLOCAUST 6 million Palestinians

    MH 17
    POLSKA PIESC job
    Poroshenko accomplice

    Some of the demonstrators stopped and asked permission to take snap of Wind Horses and went on marching with the River of Placards calling Stop GAZA slaughter — shame on you BBC

    This morning i was looking at BBC report of the demonstration
    – London streets River of Placards stop GAZA slaughter
    Police said it was peaceful demonstration

    Today
    Jew squat – Palestine Cairo talk
    jew squat wants Palestine disappear without trace in silence
    as the Red Indian disappeared without trace on the squiet
    Palestine wants jew squat stop HOLOCAUST Palestine
    – not enought!!!
    I am advising Palestine Claim compensation from Germany from Poland for Polish-born Ben Gurion HOLOCAUST 6 million Palestinians
    populate Palestine Lebensraum with 6 million jew squatters

    Jew claimed Compensation for 6 million Jews HOLOCAUST
    Palestinian is advised to claim compensation for 6 million Palestininians HOLOCAUST

    Save Apollo Paradise on Earth
    Condemn ZION Hell on Earth

    Resolve Apollo Paradise on Earth v ZION Hell on Earth conflict
    in Court of Law as at Apollo and Marsyas
    STOP NUKE WAR
    – p.p.

  13. paul pawlowski Says:

    NATO conference at Cardiff Newport now hear me
    NATO and China

    China can loose two billion of China population and live — NATO cannot

    How did that came about?

    NATO was formed to make neverending War — ever since NATO was formed NATO was at war — non-stop war — war to win Domination over the world

    NATO is making China lose its one-child policy — China abandon one-child policy will make China population rise to Three Billion

    China could lose Two Billion in war and live — NATO cannot
    STOP NUKE WAR

    paul pawlowski
    STOP NUKE WAR

  14. paul pawlowski Says:

    Press Release of the English Peoples’s Liberation Army Wind Horse Division
    Friday, 14 August, 2014

    NATO Conference now hear me

    Jewish
    POLSKA PIESC
    MH 17
    Jewish
    Poroshenko
    accomplice

    STOP WAR Coalition is having conference at Cardiff

    EPLA cannot go to Cardiff because of cost and age of Cavalier

    EPLA Wind Horses carry STOP NUKE WAR message from Brighton to the Conference

    EPLA Cavalier will ride Wind Horses in High Street Burgess Hill noon to 2 pm
    and at the Old Steine Brighton 3 to 5 dfaily during the NATO Conference

    If they arrest the Cavalier riding the Wind Horses — 500 or Death
    If they kill the Cavalier of the English Peoples Liberation Army riding galloping Wind Horses to NATO Conference
    STOP NUKE WAR

    paul pawlowski
    88 years old Cavalier of the English People’s Libeartion Army Wind Horse Division
    STOP NUKE WAR

  15. paul palowski Says:

    NATO Conference now hear me
    Obama Putin War Games

    Assad crossed the Red Line
    Obama faltered failed to act
    plunging Detroit into bankrupcy

    Senate gave Obama Two Years
    Dictatorship
    Obama HAARP flooded Putin Nukes
    Putin put nukes on railway wagons

    Ukraine Jewish Fist went to Jewish
    POLSKA PIESC perfect snip kill snip kill
    topple Yanukovych install Poroshenko

    Obama HAARP make starvation
    Poroshenko feed starving russ hind chin
    Ukraine-grown Binary Ethnic GM poisons

    Crimea choose Russia in referendum
    Obama snap trade sanctions on Putin
    Putin snap panties sanctions on Obama
    Panties enter Nuke War Games
    – How ladies panties in War Games?

    Obama panties 100 percent plastic cheap
    sell for Gold save Obama file for bankrupcy
    Putin panties must have 5 percent cotton
    save russ hind chin Save Eurasia
    Putin 5 percent cotton panties Save the Day

    PANTIESMOB Revolt against 5 percent cotton
    Lviv ladies tie Putin Bank in panties Knot

    NATO War Games OK as it goes
    but don’t let PantieMob esclate into
    Nuke War
    STOP NUKE WAR

    vote for ME
    let voice of Republican England be heard
    in the Royal Fasist House of Commons

    paul pawlowski
    STOP NUKE WAR

  16. paul pawlowski Says:

    HM Courts Service now hear me
    Standing for Trial by 500 or Death

    NATO leaders will be coming to Cardiff
    – how many of them with plastic card
    to draw ?500 Dollars per day from any
    ATM worldwide?
    – thats another thought today

    60 years ago when i was at
    Kronika Tygodniowa (Toronto)
    NYT told me expect gift of motorcar
    – then it was motorcar — today it is
    ?500 Dollars per day

    Had I touched any I could not stand for 500 or Death
    Today
    with Conscience Clear
    I have nothing to fear
    500 or Death
    STOP NUKE WAR

    Vote for ME
    let voice of republican England be heard
    in the Royal Fascist House of Commons

    paul pawlowski
    STOP NUKE WAR

  17. paul pawlowski Says:

    HM Courts Service convene Court of 500

    Apollo and Marsyas Judges was by agreement
    Mother Mnemosyne 9 daughters give Judgement

    Socrates Court was by 500 chosen by lot from Citizens List

    MH 17 Court of Law by 500
    HM Courts Service convene Court by 500
    Sandclock in Court

    If POLSKA PIESC Poroshenko win
    they can do with me as they please

    If I win
    No More Blast Jetliners make Editorial Comment and Rule

    paul pawlowski
    Muzeum Sczytaja

  18. paul pawlowski Says:

    NATO Cardiff now hear me
    Trial by 500 for MH 17

    Why Trial by 500?

    Rome outlaw trial by 500
    – We have Roman system
    Roman system is Magistrate and his Fasces

    Magistrate and his Fasces have no power to stop ?500 Dollars
    per day leaders Editorial Comment and Rule

    2WW
    Gliwice was Editorial Comment to Rule the World

    Ben Gurion Jewish POLSKA PIESC killing Jewish women
    and Jewish children was Ben Gurion Editorial Comment to justify
    HOLOCAUST of 6 million Palestinians and populate Palestine with 6 million jew squatters

    “Won the battle lost the war” — THE ECONOMIST

    50 years Cold War was Editorial Comment to Rule the World

    NATO Yugo was Editorial Comment to Ride Woodden Horse into
    Eurasua on the cheap

    Lockerbie was Global Editorial Comment to stop Libya nuclear program
    – first jetliner hit the North Sea failed to make Editorial Comment
    Second jetliner Lockerbie made more Editorial Comment than
    D-Day

    911 was Editorial Comment — you know the rest of the story

    Assad crossed the Red Line — Editorial Comment collapsed when
    Putin…

    STOP jobs for EDITORIAL COMMENTS

    Vote for ME
    let voice of Republican England be heard in the
    Royal Fascist House of Commens

    paul pawlowski
    Muzeum Sczytaja

  19. paul pawlowski Says:

    NATO Cardiff Conference now hear me

    MH 17
    NATO subcontractor Jewish POLSKA PIESC
    Jewish Poroshenko accomplice

    China abandon One Child policy
    China rising population to 3 billion Chinese

    Two Billion Chinese die in NATO war and China live
    – NATO couldn’t

    paul pawlowski
    STOP NUKE WAR

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