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7 Indications Thought Addiction is an Emotional & Mental Terrorist

Updated on August 4, 2018
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Thoughts can be positive and productive but there is a darkside to them

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.

The Dark Side of Thoughts

As well as being a gift to the human brain, thoughts can have a dark side. 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 believe. The concept of thought addiction is rarely affirmed out loud. Therefore, an addiction to thought can plant itself in the shadows of the subconscious mind and hidden from professionals. Leaving the suffer in fearful silence. Stuck painfully and terrorized within his or her head. 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.

Addicted to Thoughts?

Definition of Thought Addiction

The definition of thought addiction is the development of a habitual pattern around a thought, set of thoughts or statement. Meaning an unhealthy attachment to a thought, set of thoughts or statements. It is important to understand the difference between everyday continuous thought and a full-blown thought addiction. With a constant thought, it is where the repetitiveness of the thought achieves a goal. A full blown thought addiction is where a thought or set of thoughts are over thinking, obsessive thinking or rumination. The flavor of the content of a full-blown thought addiction is destructive, inappropriate or harmful.

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. Believe it or not, everyone gets caught up in a thought addiction at some time or another in their life.

For example, the processes of depressive, obsessive or suicidal thoughts are considered to be habitual patterns of thought. These types of thoughts can loop continuously within the mind seem can't be stopped. Or the example of an overwhelming thought which seems never to end, and 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 perception becomes clouded with unreal 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 is a real addiction and when understood has merit. 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.

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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 and becomes unhealthy.

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.

That is why it is essential is to recognize when your mind is repetitively thinking the same thoughts over and over again. This process of thinking can cause you to feel out of control. Also thought addiction could achieve power over your mind and become toxic. To counter it, increased mindfulness of how you think, monitor your thoughts and understand the flavor of your thoughts. Finally, evaluate whether the thoughts found are good or bad, harm or productive, realistic or unrealistic. If they are not useful, then denounce the harmful, bad and unrealistic ones. Once you face these non-serving thoughts, self-empowerment can be had.

A Thought Addiction can Become an Emotional and Mental Terrorist

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7 Tips Your Thoughts are Terrorizing Your Mind

These tips are beneficial by becoming 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 is taking up space in your mind.

So how do you know you might be suffering from a thought addiction?

The following is seven tips to assist in understanding if your thoughts have taken over your mind. If you answer is 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. When being in fear a state of fear about the way you're thinking all the time. And you feel your thinking will cause something terrible will happen to you

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The Truth

Thought addiction does exist. In fact, thought addiction is a fact of mental life. A thought addiction lays deep in the shadows of the subconscious mind. You may be completely unaware you're out of control with your thoughts. Once a thought addiction has formed, it can become very debilitating.

From that point on, thought addiction could severely deplete all your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual energy. Thought addiction could also drive you into forming one or more secondary toxic habits, sometimes in an attempt to quiet those thoughts.

Way Out

There are ways to rid yourself of a thought addiction. Don't lose faith. Determine your core beliefs by recognizing them, delete the core beliefs which are harmful, self-destructive or don't serve you and lastly create new ones to take the place of the old beliefs.

What to do?

If you or someone you know suffers from a thought addiction, seek help and support.

To find out whether you have a thought addiction or not, take a free online self-grading thought addiction assessment.

There is a new alternative profession called Mind Coaching which can offer help to people suffering from thought addictions, obsessive thinking, rumination or caught in negative thinking. Someone who is a master of mind coaching can teach the skills required to become healthy minded and have a respectful command of your thoughts. Coaching can support one through difficult stages of recovery.

© 2011 Bill Tollefson

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    • kimh039 profile image

      Kim Harris 

      7 years ago

      I hadn't thought of thinking as a potential addiction before. It is an addiction if it takes up a lot of time, is an escape from reality, keeps you from functioning or doing things you used to enjoy, leads to bad consequences, you can't control it or get enough of it, and you've tried to stop but can't! Thinking problems are symptoms of other disorders as well: OCD, depression, anxiety, psychosis, delusions, chemical addiction, bipolar d/o, etc. I wonder if the new DSM will include thought addictions. Are you aware of any discussions about that? I'd be interested in hearing more about how your interest in thought addiction developed. I might go back and re-read the interview you did with Happyboomernurse, which was very well done, by the way:) It took me awhile to grasp what you meant by thought addictions at first because of a pre-existing DSM paradigm; but now I see how it fits. Thanks.

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      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting Article. What we feed out mind is very important. I didn't know how powerful our thoughts could be until I listened to a few of Tony Robbins CDs.

      Excellent Hub. Thanks

    • Dr Bill Tollefson profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Tollefson 

      7 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Happyboomernurse Thank you for all the support. Keep me updated on the possible nursing journal article. Anything I can do just let me know.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      You are so welcome and I do hope we'll be able to get a joint article published in one of the nursing journals. Am currently working on getting editor approval and will be in touch with you by email.

    • Dr Bill Tollefson profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Tollefson 

      7 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Happyboomernurse

      Thanks for your comment. I continue to share my knowledge and the information that I think can help other have a better life and reach their potential. I really appreciate your following of me.

      Yes my interview in the Hub Pages Weekly looks great and reads really well. It was an honor to be interviewed by you. You did such a great job from beginning to end. I hope we can work together again. Thanks so much.

    • Dr Bill Tollefson profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Tollefson 

      7 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Koraleep

      Thanks for reading my HUB and your question. I want to welcome you to HUB pages. I have been on HUB for a year and I really enjoy the experience.

      Yes Thought Addiction is real and it can lead to suicidal thoughts. In fact every addiction starts and ends with a thought, so read this other Hub article on thought addiction and it will give more information http://bit.ly/nxGxjL Thanks again

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Great article about thought addiction and differentiating addictive, potentially harmful thoughts from healthy thoughts. Thanks so much for sharing this info on Hub Pages where many can benefit from your expertise.

      BTW, Your interview in the Hub Pages Weekly looks great! So proud to have worked with you on it.

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      Koralee Phillips 

      7 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thanks for the article, it was very interesting. I am new to HubPages, and I definitely want to read your other articles on the subject. I did not realize that this pattern was an addiction, but it totally makes sense. Can or does this addiction lead to suicide?

    • Dr Bill Tollefson profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Tollefson 

      7 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Thanks for the comment and follow. Understand that one of the major barriers to not recognizing the one has an addiction is denial. True denial is found in all addictions. I agree that thought addiction has been over looked. As I have said in other HUB articles on this subject "every addiction known to man starts with a thought" including thought addiction.

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      wysley 

      7 years ago

      Excellent article showing the clear difference that makes up a thought addiction. I agree most people may not realize they are actually experiencing a thought "addiction" and may even deny it when pointed out to them (much like other addictions). Just like other addictions, thought addiction can indeed be harmful and even deadly. So glad you are bringing the information to the fore in such a clear and concise way.

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