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7 Indications of a Thought Addiction (Video)

Updated on July 28, 2016

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.

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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.

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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?


7 Indications

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.

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 in the Southwest Florida area or across the country.


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      Kim Harris 6 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 6 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

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      Bill Tollefson 6 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 6 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.

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      Bill Tollefson 6 years ago from Southwest Florida


      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.

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      Bill Tollefson 6 years ago from Southwest Florida


      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 Thanks again

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 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 6 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?

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      Bill Tollefson 6 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 6 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.