My mother is always trying to understand what motivates people, especially those in her family. One day she and my sister were talking about one relative’s bad luck. Mom asked, “Do you suppose he has a subconscious desire not to succeed.”“Or maybe it just happened,” said my sister, exasperated.
“Do you know you analyze everything to death?”
Mom was silent for a moment. “That’s true,” she said. “Why do you think I do that?”