Usually, thoughts are a gift. Thoughts are mighty, influential, and an impressive human strength. Thoughts can be active, creative, conceptual, enjoyable, entertaining, fruitful, haunting, inventive, imaginative, and decisive, as well as upsetting and overwhelming.
The Dark Side of Thoughts
There is also a dark side to thoughts. Excessively focusing on thoughts can also become addicting. Thoughts can also be habitual, intrusive, harmful, painful, traumatic, scary, and stressful as well as unhealthy in the case of depressing, self-sabotaging or suicidal thoughts.
Everyone is susceptible to forming an addiction to a thought or set of thoughts. Thought addiction is much more prevalent and common than many people know. The concept of thought addiction is rarely affirmed out loud. Therefore, an addiction to thought could remain in the shadows of the subconscious mind and hidden from professionals, leaving suffer in fear of fear of thoughts. In a fearful silence. Terrorized and stuck painfully in his or her head fearing thoughts. Fighting and scared of something that cannot be seen or control.
Most importantly a thought addiction can latch on and terrorize a mental and emotional system easily.
What is a Thought Addiction?
The definition of thought addiction is the development of a habitual pattern around a thought, set of thoughts or statement. Meaning the formation of an unhealthy attachment to a thought, set of thoughts or unhealthy statements. It is essential to recognize and understand the difference between everyday continuous thought and a full-blown thought addiction. A full blown thought addiction is where a thought, set of thoughts or harmful statements intensify through over thinking, obsessive thinking or ruminating. At that point, a thought addiction becomes destructive, inappropriate or dangerous.
An addictive involvement with a thought which becomes toxic, depletes every aspect of the person’s life, inside and out. Believe it or not, everyone gets caught up in a thought addiction at some time or another during their lifetime.
Depressive, obsessive or suicidal thoughts are considered to be harmful habitual thoughts pattern. These types of thoughts can loop continuously within the mind which seem can't be stopped. An overwhelming thought, which feels out of control and never ends, can result in personal damage or death. A thought addiction is present when a person’s thoughts become so diluted that the person is locked out of reality, and his or her perception becomes clouded with misleading and false facts. Thought addiction affects how a person functions in everyday situations with themselves, their thoughts, their emotions and others in the world.
Ignoring a thought addiction is a real threat to a person's relationship with yourself, relationships with others and connection with reality. Thought addiction many times is the forerunner of a secondary habit to an emotion, substance or behavior. What this means a thought addiction is a phenomenon which serves as a sign or warning of some future destructive attachments.
One fact which is true is that every addiction starts with a thought.
Thought Addiction Affects Your Life Directly
Let’s face it, everyone will suffer from an addicted negative, self-destructive, obsessive, suicidal thought or thought addiction from time to time during our lives. Some people become so fixated on a negative, self-destructive, obsessive or suicidal thought it can form a repetitive pattern of thinking. This type of thought fixation can more than likely turn into an unhealthy addictive attachment which cannot be let go of, that does not serve or becomes toxic.
When fixated on these types of repetitive thoughts, a person will spend so much time focused on thinking that it impairs daily living. These thoughts will develop into a constant mental loop, repeating over and over. Once stuck in a thought loop, the person is rarely can enjoy life because he or she are always worried about something "going wrong or bad happening." The person may get so deep into a thought addiction that all other relationships in their lives are avoided or ignored.
A Thought Addiction Can Terrorize Your Mind
Don’t let your thoughts control and enslave you. You should define how you believe and ultimately how you think. You cannot control your thoughts, but you can rescript your beliefs, and that action will change your thoughts directly.
8 Tips Your Thoughts are Terrorizing Your Mind
These tips are beneficial to become more aware of what is going on in your mind as well as increasing your ability to monitor your thoughts. Sometimes thoughts are seen as independently produced, but that is not so. More accurately, thoughts are a direct byproduct of the content of the belief system, especially the core beliefs contained within. Sometimes when under stress or through those uncertain times it feels as though your mind has control over the production of your thoughts and you do not. Constant thought looping feels like a terrorist who is taking up space in your mind. This process of thinking can cause you to feel out of control. Also thought addiction could achieve power over your mind and become toxic.
So how do you know you might be suffering from a thought addiction?
The following is eight tips to assist in understanding if your thoughts have taken over your mind. If you answer true on more than five tips your under high stress and anxiety which you need to address with a professional.
1. When a thought in your head consumes all your time, and you're unable to stop thinking about that thought no matter what is happening in your life
2. When you are so focused on a thought or set of thoughts that you are not experiencing what's happening at the moment
3. When you find yourself returning to a thought, you promised you would not think about ever again
4. You spend more time in an attachment to thought rather than interacting with yourself or others in your life
5. When eating and sleeping patterns are severely disrupted, due to constant fixation on a particular thought or set of thoughts
6. You experience an increase in anxiety or stress when you think of a specific thought or set of thoughts
7. You feel your thinking will cause something terrible will happen to you
8. You seem to be in a state of fear about the way you're thinking all the time. You become fearful of fear itself.
There are ways to rid yourself of a thought addiction. Don't lose faith
Knowing when your mind is repetitively thinking the same thoughts over and over again through self-monitoring is the first step. Once you recognize, counter the process by increasing your mindfulness of how you think, monitor your thoughts during the day and determine if your thoughts are of your thoughts. Finally, evaluate whether your thoughts are good or bad, harm or productive, realistic or unrealistic, useful or not. If they are not useful, then denounce each one as harmful, bad and unrealistic while refusing to accept any of the harmful beliefs. Once you face these non-serving thoughts, self-empowerment can be had.
Facing your harmful, addictive thoughts will stir up countering core beliefs housed in your subconscious mind, and these harmful will begin to surface into your consciousness. Determine if your core beliefs good or bad, your's or someone else’s. If, like your thoughts, your beliefs don’t serve you, then create new ones and delete the core beliefs which are harmful, self-destructive or don't serve you. Lastly, create new beliefs to take the place of the old beliefs. Practice the new beliefs daily for 90 days, and you will have positive beliefs and new thinking.
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