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Are intrusive thoughts normal?
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Posted 11/21/16 , edited 11/22/16
An intrusive thought is an unwelcome involuntary thought, image, or unpleasant idea that may become an obsession, is upsetting or distressing, and can feel difficult to manage or eliminate.


So, are they normal to have? Have you ever had any intrusive thoughts? What causes them? Why do some people have them? What are your thoughts on this?


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I only ask because I get these thoughts from time to time but I don't act on it. I would seek a professional but I don't have the funds to do so. So I just try to deal with them myself. I mostly ignore them but it is hard.

Anyway, I rather not go on any further. Just tell me if they are normal or not.


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It's natural for humans to experience this, we all probably experience this...some more than others, being human causes it, it's intrinsic to being human, I see them for what they are and carry on with my life. Also something to consider is what might not be "normal" ( or it might be idk) and possibly intrusive is your seeming obsession with normality.
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I used to have the sudden thought of stabbing someone everytime I held something pointy

I also used to have random thoughts among the lines of "How would I quickly kill this person without anyone knowing and hide the body?"

As far as I know my intrusive thoughts only happen after a trigger, like holding pointy objects or looking at someone and I start thinking about what murder is. (My thoughts wander a lot)

Sometimes I have intrusive thoughts, but they're just thoughts, so I ignore them and change the subject of what I'm thinking about.
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It's whenever my imagine goes wild.
Thankfully, I know how to force myself from thinking these thoughts to the extreme.
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Its normal until the point where it becomes an obsession.

Anyways, I've always liked the idea of the id, ego and super-ego (though I'm not sure if they are really accepted). Basically it breaks the human psyche into three parts. The id is instinct. The super-ego is the morality. The ego organizes the two and comes up with compromises. Often the reason we have "intrusive thoughts" is because it is our id talking to us. It is our instinctual desires and it is very normal. The problem comes when the super-ego doesn't step in and say "yeah, thats not something you should do" (when applicable. The id isn't always "evil").
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i have sexual intrusive thoughts does that count
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Sogno- wrote:

i have sexual intrusive thoughts does that count


I don't know.
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Sogno- wrote:

i have sexual intrusive thoughts does that count


I think sexual intrusive thoughts count, though they're pretty normal.

Especially if you're a male.

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Dogempire wrote:


Sogno- wrote:

i have sexual intrusive thoughts does that count


I think sexual intrusive thoughts count, though they're pretty normal.

Especially if you're a male.



but im not male
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Sogno- wrote:


Dogempire wrote:


Sogno- wrote:

i have sexual intrusive thoughts does that count


I think sexual intrusive thoughts count, though they're pretty normal.

Especially if you're a male.



but im not male


Still normal.

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Wvell- insyde evribawddiz brain iz prawbz different, ahnd as Ah have realli onli bin insyde mai own brain, I ckan onli gou frum Mai own experience. ....Thus after thaht convoludedness, I will say thaht for Mei personalli it is quite normal hahuhw

-Iht coumes dowun to Mei havin' a stubborn base of self sou thaht Ah ckan differentiate between garbage thoughts and goud or ckouel intristing thoughts...though whvenever Ah'm feelyn wonki, Ah try tou nawt act on ani ov Mai thoughts until Ah have regained Mai composure. ,,, Yeh hehuhw

V Hmmm, Ah'd seh normal ckan becawm pretti subjective whven it comes to peeps different brains.
Consider this angle instead mayheps-
When yuh have a thought that comes into your brain thaht you question, try to differentiate iph iht is a goud thought and whether acting on it or not would be a good thing? Ah understand thaht ckan bei realli vague hehuhw Does zat help at awl?
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So having these thoughts are normal but acting on them is not normal?
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Aren't instrusive thoughts a symptom of mental illness??
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TotalQuirk wrote:

Aren't instrusive thoughts a symptom of mental illness??

If they occur very frequently, or become so intrusive that they're debilitating, yes. But everyone gets some intrusive thoughts to at least some degree.
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Posted 11/21/16 , edited 11/22/16
Yes.

As long as we dont act on the really bad ones

Like maybe when I talk to certain people, I would like to punch them in the face. But we don't do that, because that would be assault and I don't have lawyers.

Not like it effects my ability to live a normal level headed life. It's like sure, something pops in my head, but I have control. It's pretty easy. Just don't piss me off, or that makes it slightly harder. I wouldn't call it obsessive, because it only happens once every so often, other than that I'm just a calm and caring person. You can say all you want, but you aren't faced to face with me.

At the end of the day if we are two respectable individuals to eachother, I just might buy you a drink. I don't think I have a better answer than that

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