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Thought Addiction Assessment

Millions of humans all over the world are suffering from all types of addictions to: behaviors, emotions, substances, and/or thoughts. It does not matter what their culture, creed, or race as well as social status economic level. Addiction strikes through the fabric of them all.

Every Addiction Starts with Thought

Do you obsess over reoccurring thoughts?
Do you obsess over reoccurring thoughts? | Source

What is an addiction?

Addiction is unrealistic habitual attachment to a behavior, emotion, substance or thought that consumes or devastates someone’s life. An addiction is the act of being caught in a habitual pattern that consumes a person. An addiction is the inappropriate use that produces a very unhealthy attachment or destructive relationship that does not serve the person and eventually will turn toxic.

Thought Addiction is Powerful

Dark side of Thought Addiction
Dark side of Thought Addiction | Source

What is a Thought Addiction (TA)?

Thought addiction is a hidden addiction that affects many American’s mental, emotional and physical health. Many professionals work on the visible addictions not the invisible one. Thought Addiction can cause sleepless nights, anxiety, fear, stress, digestive troubles, boring or tense relationships, tight muscles, headaches and yes even death (suicidal thoughts)?

The definition of thought addiction is the development and attaching to an intrusive repetitive habitual thinking pattern to one thought or set of thoughts. Think about this statement “every addiction starts with a thought” no matter what kind of addiction.

Thought addiction is the act of consciously returning to a negative, critical, harmful or destructive thought over and over again. This thought or thoughts that does not serve the individual, decreases confidence, wipes out esteem and has damaging results to one’s life. What accentuates a thought or causes a thought to be hurtful is when a statement comes from someone or group that you have emotional attachment too. Most people enter into an addictive pattern to numb an emotion, quiet a thought or control a perceived weakness.

A thought addiction depletes every system of the human body. Repetitive and unhealthy thoughts can deplete a person’s emotional, mental, physical and spiritual energy, leaving the person with nothing.

Thought addiction follows the same rules and progression of all other addictions.

A thought addiction or unhealthy thought looping can cause and expand into other addictions with a substance, shopping, food, exercise, emotion or behavior.

Consider that every addiction starts with a thought. For example: “I am not good enough, so I need something to help me” “This substance (thought, emotion, or behavior) will make me perform better, be more social, fit in, mentally escape, feel better or make me not feel at all”.

Once a person becomes sober, the original thought surfaces again because it was not dealt with or shifted so a relapse is possible. TA can also be the aftereffect of surviving any abusive, overwhelming or traumatic life event.

Forms of addicting thoughts:

· Anxious Thoughts

· Compulsive Thoughts

· Depressive Thoughts

· Diluted Thoughts

· Fearful Thoughts

· Obsessive Thoughts

· Negative Thoughts

· Ruminating Thoughts

· Self-defacing Thoughts

· Self-defeating Thoughts

· Self-limiting Thoughts

· Self-sabotaging Thoughts

· Sexual Thoughts

· Suicidal Thoughts

· Unwanted Thoughts

· Worrisome Thoughts


Thought Addiction Self Assessment

It is important to understand what power a thought can have over you and how they can become so overwhelming. As you know thoughts can be disruptive, destructive and go astray. It can seem as though your thoughts have a mind of their own and you have absolutely no control over them.

Assessment

I have developed this assessment to help you to recognize if you are headed into a thought addiction. Stop and take this assessment for your peace of mind. This assessment will assist in identifying and learning if you are in danger of developing an unhealthy relationship with a thought.

Take out a piece of paper. On the left side of the sheet, write the numbers 1 through 20. As you read each question, put “Yes” or “No” next to the corresponding question number.

1. Do you periodically or constantly think about a thought or set of thoughts that alter your mood?

2. Do you have difficulty concentrating due to negative or seemly inappropriate thought(s)?

3. Do you have an inability to participate or function in your daily tasks because of a failure to stop a thought(s)?

4. Does a thought or set of thoughts keep you from feeling?

5. Is your thought content over 75% negative or do not serve you?

6. Does a thought or set of thoughts feel like they block you from succeeding?

7. Does a thought or set of thoughts keep you from investing in relationships?

8. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to self-sabotage your efforts to be happy or fulfilled?

9. Do you have a thought or set of thoughts that cause you to behave in ways you do not want to (acting out, emotionally reactive, self-harm or addictive behavior)?

10. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to reject yourself?

11. Does a thought or set of thoughts keep you from sleeping?

12. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to overeat or binge?

13. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to under eat or restrict?

14. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to over or under compensate in your life?

15. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to hate or reject all or a single part of your body?

16. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to deprive yourself of something?

17. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to say “No” to social invitations?

18. Does a thought or set of thoughts cause you to perform poorly at your job, school, social interactions or relationships?

19. Do you call off from work because you are thinking you are too “depressed” to work or just not good enough?

20. Does a thought or set of thoughts consume all your mental time during the day?

Thought Looping

Grade Your Score

Once you have completed all 20 questions on the assessment, add up all the “Yes” answers.

Evaluation

If you have four or lessYes” answers, you are experiencing normal thinking. Your thoughts do not distort or interfere with your mental life.

If you have answered five to eight “questions Yes” then the assessment indicates a low level or episodic of habitual thought looping. You could experience troublesome periodic mental looping. To gain a deeper understanding, you may want to review each question you answered yes, one question at a time to increase your understanding and what you might want to change.

If you answer from nine to fourteen questions with “Yes”, then you are probably experiencing moderate thought looping and maybe affecting you on a regular basis. Maybe you should address all the issues in each questions that were answered with yes.

If you checked fifteen or more questions with “Yes”, then you are in the high range or addictive range. You are probably going through feeling as though you have loss of control of your thoughts, experiencing distorted thoughts and your ability to function effectively is probably decreased. Your thinking is probably compromised. You should seek help and support reduce the effects. There is a good possibility that you could become more addicted if you do not take action. You might begin to substitute or act out your thought addiction with a secondary addictions with substances, drugs (legal or illegal), emotions, food, exercise, as inappropriate relationships as well as destructive or self harming behaviors in order to subdue the constant looping.

You Mind Direct your Life
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Addressing the First Two Recovery Steps

There is hope no matter what your assessment score turns out to be.

Gaining knowledge about thought addiction through the assessment can empower you. The assessment makes you more mindful of how you think and where it is helpful or harmful to your life.

First Step

The first step toward recovery from Thought Addiction is to surrender. You might think, “I will never surrender. Surrender is not what you would commonly think it is. Surrendering is “not giving up” or “knowing you are powerless” because you are definitely not powerless. This first step is surrendering stepping out of the distorted thoughts that though addiction cause and grabbing mental clarity.

Second Step

The second step is to acquire a new skill to reduce the power of the looping thoughts, stop their cycle and shift to a new thoughts. Change is the act of putting in to action a skill you have acquired to complete a specific task.

Summary

To learn new skills that are available to stop habitual thought looping learn more by clicking on this link - http://drbilltollefson.hubpages.com/hub/Unblocking_Addictive_Thought_Patterns

If you have trouble making your first steps consider contacting a certified master life coach, holistic addiction recovery coach or therapist that is trained in and specializes in mental programming, thought addiction (TA), an addictions professional or a holistic addiction recovery coach who can walk you through the first couple steps of recovery from thought addiction and give you support. Master life or addiction recovery coaching avails you with a customized action plan, accountability, encouragement, mentoring, skill development, guidelines, and structure.

It is possible to unblock the thought barriers in your mind allowing you to gain calmness, mindfulness, peacefulness and serenity of mind.

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kimh039 5 years ago

Dr Bill, you can use the quiz capsule for this! (see the end of my suicide hub for an example)...and you can have a widget of your quiz to use on other sites... or better yet, other people can put the widget on their site. The quiz capsule will score automatically and can give feedback about the score such as "your responses indicate a low level of thought looping." I think you'll like the feature, but still this hub gets up, useful and interesting from me. Thanks.


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wysley 5 years ago

Great explanation of what a TA is and the impact it can have on one's life. The assessment tool is very comprehensive, covering multiple areas that a TA creeps into. Really gives a person food for thought. Finishing it with a positive spin that there are valuable resources available to help overcome a TA helps make this hub very informative and potentially life-changing by overcoming the insidious effects from being "addicted". Thank You!


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Dr Bill Tollefson 5 years ago from Southwest Florida Author

wysley - Insightful comment. I developed it to help others understand if TA is a problem for them. I think it is a very good self tool. If you can get to a thought before it spreads the better you have chance to stop it. Thank you for your comment.


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fucsia 5 years ago

Great Hub and interesting test... I have answered seven "Yes" but I want they become zero!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Very good and practical Hub. It also made me wonder if "superstitious" thoughts were addictive thoughts.

Best Wishses


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Dr Bill Tollefson 5 years ago from Southwest Florida Author

fucsia - Thank you for taking the thought addiction test and revealing your score. If you begin to command your thoughts, instead of attempting to control them then you can move your score down to zero.


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Dr Bill Tollefson 5 years ago from Southwest Florida Author

Lady_E

Thanks for the follow. The answer is "yes". "Superstitious thinking can become a thought addiction if the thought negatively alters behavior, constantly loops and does not serve the person. I really appreciate your support and follow.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Excellent article! I like what you advice on commanding thoughts rather than only attempting to control them.

A perfect step to develop a good habit that can be hugely beneficial. :)


Felini 4 years ago

Fantastic to see your article. After 4 years of not being able to stop thinking negatively about an important situation that didn't go as well as I had hoped, I had a realization that I had developed a full time compulsion around engaging in these negative thoughts, long past any good it would do. It was the first thing I thought of waking up, and all day, and kept me awake a few hours almost every night. I don't have drug/alcohol addictions and could never understand having them, but for some reason the phrase "like a thought addiction" popped into my head last week and now I'm reading about it online. It's a relief I hadn't made it up! It's real. I scored nearly 20 out of 20 on your test. I'd get an "A." ;-) Just knowing that helps me to start unprying the grip of my thoughts. Thank you!


Felini 4 years ago

Fantastic to see your article. After 4 years of not being able to stop thinking negatively about an important situation that didn't go as well as I had hoped, I had a realization that I had developed a full time compulsion around engaging in these negative thoughts, long past any good it would do. It was the first thing I thought of waking up, and all day, and kept me awake a few hours almost every night. I don't have drug/alcohol addictions and could never understand having them, but for some reason the phrase "like a thought addiction" popped into my head last week and now I'm reading about it online. It's a relief I hadn't made it up! It's real. I scored nearly 20 out of 20 on your test. I'd get an "A." ;-) Just knowing that helps me to start unprying the grip of my thoughts. Thank you!


Bill Rohr 3 years ago

I like this article and the assessment.What is the difference between Q12 and Q16?


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Dr Bill Tollefson 3 years ago from Southwest Florida Author

Bill Rohr: Yes Q12 was about the same as Q16. I have changed it to make it a stronger assessment. Thank you for you question.


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Dr Bill Tollefson 3 years ago from Southwest Florida Author

Thank you so much for reading this HUB. I am so glad that my HUB article helped you.

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