Today's topic: Intrusive Thoughts.
An estimated 6 million people in America struggle with intrusive thoughts. They are unwanted, usually arrive out of the blue, and seem to stick around endlessly. These repetitive thoughts can run the gamut from nonsensical to disturbing. They cause folks much distress because they're afraid that these thoughts mean that they're terrible people, or that they subconsciously want to act out the thought. These myths simply aren't true. In fact, because they cause you distress, it reinforces your character. You fight the thoughts so hard because they are alien, unacceptable, and at odds with who you are. If you have no desire + no plan to act upon them, they are harmless and you should not be ashamed.
A good remedy to them is to recalibrate your relationship with your thoughts. Recognize that your mind is a universe all on its own; thinking is just automatic and not under your control. The more you struggle against them, the deeper they dig into your consciousness. Let all your thoughts, good or bad, come and go like a leaf floating down the river. Working with a therapist is beneficial to helping you manage the intense charged emotions that often follow intrusive thoughts.
Here are some great articles on the topic:
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