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What does rumination mean?
Rumination is the process of carefully thinking something over, pondering it, or meditating on it.
In psychology, the term refers to obsessive repetition of thoughts or excessively thinking about problems. Rumination can also refer to the process of chewing over and over again, as is done by ruminant animals, like cows.
Rumination is the noun form of the verb ruminate, which can mean to think over or ponder, or to chew over and over.
Example: After much rumination and soul-searching, I have decided to pursue a new career.
Where does rumination come from?
The first records of rumination come from the 1500s. It derives from the Latin verb rūmināre, meaning “to chew the cud.” Rūmināre comes from the Latin rūmen, which gives us the English rumen—the first of four compartments in the stomach of ruminant animals. Such animals, like cows, eat grass, swallow it, and then regurgitate it and chew it some more. When the food is regurgitated to be chewed again, it’s called cud.
This process of chewing and rechewing is called rumination. You can see how it can be used figuratively: when you ruminate on something, you think it over. In fact, the idioms chew it over and chew the cud both refer to contemplating something for a while. Sometimes you might not be able to stop ruminating. Psychologists use the word rumination to refer to obsessively repeating a particular thought or continuing to think about something, especially a problem, over and over instead of finding a solution or moving on.
Rumination can also refer to a creative work that’s intended as a deep consideration of a particular topic or idea, as in The film was a melancholy rumination on the briefness of life. Its synonyms contemplation and meditation can also be used in this way.
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- ruminate (verb)
- ruminations (plural)
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How is rumination used in real life?
Rumination is generally used in a neutral or positive way to refer to the process of thinking something over. When it’s used in the context of psychology, it refers to behavior that has negative effects on a person.
After much rumination, I have concluded that neither dogs nor cats are intrinsically better than the other. Ones feelings about this subject are subjective, experiential, and contextual. I hope this clears things up.
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This is such a remarkable story. It is both one of the most gripping wilderness tales I've ever read, and a beautiful rumination on the nature of chaos https://t.co/fWgdJsrZV1
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My insomnia is mainly caused by late-night rumination on my mistakes.
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Scientists don’t know for sure if rumination causes depression.Teen depression linked to how the brain processes rewards|Alison Pearce Stevens|March 18, 2021|Science News For Students
Revisiting the movies and TV shows we grew up on can feel like a rumination on those questions.Here’s why deep down we like rewatching the same old movies and shows — especially during the pandemic|Travis Andrews|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
Weber addressed legislators after the vote with a characteristically rousing speech that began, as she has many times, by recounting her family’s history in the Deep South, and by expanding into a rumination on the fragility of democracy.Morning Report: San Diegans Are Drowning in Water Debt|Voice of San Diego|January 28, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Ultimately, the goal is to disrupt what psychologists call perseverative cognition—patterns of thinking that involve intrusive thoughts, rumination, and worry.Stressed out? Video games can help—if you follow these tips.|Stan Horazek|January 20, 2021|Popular Science
Research shows that some people are especially prone to this kind of “depressive rumination.”How to keep your sadness from turning into depression|Jelena Kecmanovic|November 29, 2020|Washington Post
How else to explain the popularity of a novel so free of plot, so obsessed with existential rumination and recondite philosophy?American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation|Nathaniel Rich|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What is it about all the rumination, all the anxiety that makes it so hard to sort of stand up for yourself, to yourself?A Q&A with Scott Stossel, Author of ‘My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind’|Jesse Singal|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The images feel like a yearbook of sorts, a rumination on the decade, and on three girls growing up.Craig McDean’s Fashion Muses: Amber Valletta, Kate Moss, and More|Isabel Wilkinson|October 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In her hands, celluloid comes off as a medium that allows for old-fashioned rumination, with some of the slowness of oil paint.Tacita Dean’s ‘Five Americans’ Captures a Quiet Brilliance|Blake Gopnik|May 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Published in 2006, the novel is violent and spooky, a rumination on madness and creativity.Remedial Reader: The Essential Stephen King Back List|Jessica Ferri|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Lady Hartledon had dismissed her maid, and stood leaning against the arm of the sofa, indulging in bitter rumination.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
At this a light came into his face, and after some seconds of rumination he despatched Nance upon an errand.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI|Robert Louis Stevenson
He sat looking surly and gloomy, buried in rumination, and by-and-by rose and left the room.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
He kept sighing and wrinkling his brows, as though in deep rumination on a matter far removed from the stumpage question.
Then he wrenched off a huge chew of tobacco whose rumination might check his impulse toward tempestuous language.