The Problems You Get When You Try to Chase Thoughts Away
Have you ever tried to fight a thought? If so, then you know that it’s pretty much impossible. The harder you try, the more intrusive and persistent the thought becomes. This is because thoughts are a product of consciousness – and consciousness cannot be defeated or banished. In this blog post, we will discuss the problems that arise when you try to chase thoughts away. We will also explore the brain function of consciousness, and why it is so difficult to suppress unwanted thoughts.
- What problems you cause while trying to chase thoughts away.
- The main reasons why the brain doesn’t understand negative commands
- A Hawaiian spiritual principle is: “Energy flows where attention goes” – what does it mean from a brain research perspective?
- So what to do? Why should you stop fighting your thoughts?
- Do you really want a psychiatric disorder diagnosis or rather a tool to handle these thoughts adequate?
What problems you cause while trying to chase thoughts away.
When you try to chase thoughts away, you only end up causing more problems. For one thing, you become even more focused on the thought that you’re trying to avoid.
This can lead to anxiety and rumination – which only serve to make the original thought more powerful.
Additionally, when you try to fight your thoughts, you’re actually fighting against yourself. Your brain is simply doing what it’s designed to do – which is to be conscious. As a result, you can end up feeling frustrated, resentful, and even hopeless.
The main reasons why the brain doesn’t understand negative commands
The human brain is complex. It’s capability of focus and consciousness is one of the most fascinating aspects of it.
When you try to forbid yourself from thinking about something, it naturally becomes even stronger. The more you try to fight your thoughts, the more they will “control” you. This can lead to a number of problems, both mental and physical.
Mentally, you can become obsessed with the very thing you’re trying to avoid. This can lead to anxiety and depression, as well as other mental health disorders. You may also find yourself ruminating on negative thoughts, which can make them even more powerful.
Physically, you may find yourself engaging in unhealthy behaviors in an attempt to “quiet” your mind. This can include things like overeating, using drugs or alcohol, or self-harming.
These behaviors can lead to a host of other problems, both mental and physical. You may experience headaches or stomachaches as a result of the stress your body is under. You may also find it difficult to concentrate or focus on anything else. This can lead to problems at work or school, as well as in your personal life.
A Hawaiian spiritual principle is: “Energy flows where attention goes” – what does it mean from a brain research perspective?
The Hawaiian principle “Energy flows where attention goes” is based on the brain function of consciousness. When you try to forbid yourself something, it will become even stronger. This is especially true when it comes to thoughts. If you try to fight your thoughts, they will become even stronger. The more you fight it, the stronger it becomes. So if you’re constantly trying to chase away your thoughts, you’re only making them stronger. This is the proof of a healthy brain.
Cells that fire together wire together (Hebbs).
So what to do? Why should you stop fighting your thoughts?
The problem with this is that it can lead to a vicious cycle. The more you try to fight your thoughts, the stronger they become. And the stronger they become, the more you want to fight them. It’s a never-ending battle that can leave you feeling exhausted and defeated. Some time, a psychiatrist may call this endless rumination about thoughts you don’t want to think “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD”.
Do you really want a psychiatric disorder diagnosis or rather a tool to handle these thoughts adequate?
If you are trying not to think about a specific memory, it will become even more vivid in your mind. The more you try to push it away, the more it will haunt you.
Here is the way out:
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Johannes Faupel – Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- Systemic therapist and consultant
- Certified by the Systemic Society – Systemische Gesellschaft (SG)
- Certified by the International Society for Systemic Therapy – Internationale Gesellschaft für Systemische Therapie IGST.
- Practice as Systemic Therapist and Coach in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- Johannes Faupel at LinkedIn
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