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7 Indications of a Thought Addiction (Video)
Addicted to Thoughts?
Thoughts can be powerful and positive but there is a Darkside
Normally thoughts are a gift. Thoughts are very powerful and a wonderful human strength. Thoughts can be creative, conceptual, enjoyable, entertaining, fruitful, haunting, inventive, imaginative, positive, upsetting and rational at times.
The Dark Side
Yet there is also a dark side to thoughts. Thoughts can be addicting, habitual, intrusive, negative, painful, traumatic, scary, and stressful as well as unhealthy in the case of depressing, self-sabotaging or suicidal thoughts.
Excessively focusing on thoughts can also become addicting.
Everyone is susceptible to forming an addiction to a thought or set of thoughts. It fact it is n more common and thought addiction is much more prevalent than many of us may think. The concept of thought addiction is rarely affirmed out loud so addiction to our thoughts remain in the shadows of our subconscious. Leaving us fearful in the silence of our head and scared of what we cannot see.
Definition of thought addiction
The definition of thought addiction is the development of a habitual pattern around a thought, meaning an unhealthy relationship with a thought or set of thoughts. It is important to understand the difference between everyday continuous thought and a full-blown thought addiction. With a continuous thought it is where the repetitiveness of the thought achieves a goal.
But in contrast an addictive involvement with a thought is where the thought becomes toxic and depletes every aspect of the person’s life, inside and out. Throughout our lives, most of us get caught up in a thought addiction at one time or another. For example: the processes of depressive, obsessive or suicidal thoughts are considered to be habitual patterns that if not broken or stopped can result in personal damage or death. A thought addiction when a person’s thoughts become so diluted that the person is locked out of reality and it clouds perception of what is real. Thought addiction affects how a person functions in every day situations.
Ignoring a thought addiction is a real threat to your relationship with yourself, relationships with others and your connection with reality. Thought addiction is a real addiction and has merit. Thought addiction many times is the forerunner of an impending addiction to a more serious addiction such as to an emotion, substance or behavior. This means a thought addiction is a phenomenon that serves as a sign or warning of some future destructive relationship yet to be fostered.
7 Indications that your thoughts has overtaken your mind
Let’s face it. We all get addicted to negative, habitual or obsessive thoughts from time to time during our lives. Some people become so fixated on a thought that an addiction forms. Symbolically the fixated thought develops into an unhealthy relationship which does not serve in a healthy way.
When a thought or set of thoughts becomes unhealthy a person will spend so much time mentally focused thought and whatever associated emotional pain that he or she connects to it. The thought then gets caught in a constant loop. Once stuck in a thought loop, he or she are rarely is able to enjoy because they are thinking they are doing something "wrong". A person may get so deep into a thought addiction that all other relationships are avoid or ignored.
Yet that is why it is important is to recognize when a thought or set of thoughts have become unhealthy or even addictive. How does a person know that they might be suffering from a thought addiction?
1. When a thought in your head consumes all your time and unable to stop thinking about that thought
2. When you are so focused on a thought or set of thoughts that you are not experiencing what's happening in the moment
3. When you find yourself returning to a thought you promised you would not think about again
4. You spend more time in a relationship with your thought rather than interacting with others in your life
5. When eating and sleeping patterns are severely disrupted due to constant fixation on thinking
6. Experiencing increased anxiety or stress when think specific thoughts
7. Being in fear of what your thinking will cause something bad to happen
A thought addiction exists so deep in the shadows of your subconscious that it takes over your mind silently and without your conscious knowledge. Once formed a thought addiction becomes very debilitating. From that point on thought addiction can seriously deplete all your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual life. Thought addiction can also drive you into forming additional addictions, sometimes in attempt to quite your thoughts.
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What to do?
If you or someone you know suffers from a thought addiction, seeking help is very important and will be extremely necessary before it leads to another addiction. to evaluate whether you have a Thought addiction or not, take a free online self-grading thought addiction assessment.
There is a new alternative profession called Life Coaching that can help people suffering from all forms of addictions. Someone who is a master in coaching can teach the skills required to become healthy and have a respectful relationship with their own thoughts. Coaching can support one through all the difficult stages of recovery.
Information on the Author
For more information on thought addiction, holistic addiction recovery coaching or master life coaching or how you can shift out of a thought addiction - please contact Dr. Bill Tollefson at 239-349-2209 or email me today at Tollefsonenterprises@gmail.com in the Southwest Florida area or across the country.