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Take it easy on yourself..

Feeling anxiety/paranoid at a new job. Help. [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Sep 14, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I turn my mind off from these pervasive thoughts?

I recently suffered a near catastrophic medical experience and am having emotional difficulties dealing with the aftermath. I had been ignoring symptoms for days and only went to hospital because my spouse and kids were leaving town for a few days and figured what the heck, go to the ER, it would be a pain for them to come back abruptly. At the hospital, I had emergency surgery that was unnecessarily risky (I'm an experienced medical professional, so please, assume I know what I'm talking about) in that it could have led to an intraoperative complication that would have left my 5-year survival at less than 25%. I also would have been in the same boat if I chose to ignore my symptoms. In the end, surgery was successful and what was thought malignant turned out to be benign. I have some lifelong medical follow-up to pursue, but for all intents and purposes I'm OK know. So what's my question? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2015 - 26 answers

How to address massive amounts of mental verbosity

Hi. I would like to explore new ways to address my problem of too many thoughts. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on May 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Negativity & Negative Thoughts

I was curious what others do to fight off negativity in their life. I am not talking about negative people but rather one's own inner demons. I went on a four mile walk yesterday and instead of relaxing and enjoying it, I was thinking about all the potential things that could go wrong in my life. I don't say this because I embrace thinking in a victim mentality but rather that to point out that I am aware that a lot of really bad things can happen to a person. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Dec 15, 2014 - 25 answers

How do you guys keep a diary with timestamps automated?

So here's the thing. I like to write down my thoughts. But I also like knowing when it was written down with appropriate date and time. But the way I currently do it takes too much time. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Aug 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Journals of Autocorrection

Can you point me to resources that deal with the thresholds that computers use to overwrite authorial intent? I'm interested in the boundaries between automatic correction and untrammeled thumbs.
posted by Bistle on Mar 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Can hypnotherapy work for obsessive thoughts?

I have posted before about my overwhelming obsession about my use of tetracycline for a year and a half causing me chronic stomach issues (and joint pains now perhaps). It has become major obsession for me and I can barely even think of anything else. I feel as though my life is over. I have an appointment with a hypnotherapist in Toronto this Friday. They say that they can help me work through my obsessive negative thoughts. Do you think this method could have success because my obsessive thoughts are ruining my life. Impacting my school work, my relationship with my girlfriend and my family. I have been trying to alter my thoughts on my own but they are just too powerful. Thanks a lot.
posted by Jack V on Sep 9, 2013 - 20 answers

Brain surgery

What are you thinking about all day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 28 answers

Memory isn't what it used to be

Has anyone any experience with having distorted time periods or even days. What I mean by distorted is that my concept of time is really off and if I didn't have a watch on I don't think that I could accurately guestimate ten minutes, let alone hours of time. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Dec 29, 2012 - 23 answers

What are the ways you've used to combat irrational thinking?

What are the ways you've used to combat irrational thinking? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

How to handle husband's suicidal thoughts

After discussing marital separation my husband searched online for what happens to life insurance in the event of suicide [more inside]
posted by momtothreedc on Oct 7, 2012 - 30 answers

The seed is the cage is the seed

Writers I like: Johan Huizenga, A. S. Neill, Christopher Alexander, Philippe Gaulier, James Paul Gee. Thoughts I'm interested in: the systemic formation of culture; how we interact with and are shaped by said systems; how those systems emerge as part of a "playful" procedure; how play is often used as a release from cultural standards. Who else will I like? What ideas will fascinate me further? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on May 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Animal breakdown?

I can't shake the feeling that I must hurt my pet, help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 - 34 answers

200mg of caffeine and me.

Help me understand the role caffeine might play in moderate to severe anxiety, intrusive thoughts (that I'm in danger) and occasional panic attacks. I'm perplexed by elimination of what I consider to be relatively low caffeine intake. Interested in others' experiences. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Oct 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Men: Which books or movies have resonated with your private inner thoughts or feelings?

Question for men: Which books or movies have resonated with your private inner thoughts or feelings? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Jun 20, 2011 - 94 answers

How to improve my writing?

Do you know of a free website, or good book, that will help me write better? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Apr 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Techniques to bar thoughts from your mind or fend them away?

"Shield your mind..." I don't expect to be mentally attacked, but are there actual techniques to bar thoughts from your mind or fend them away? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson on Feb 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Do thoughts ALWAYS precede emotion?

Do thoughts ALWAYS precede emotion? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Jan 16, 2011 - 40 answers

Stopping suicidal ideation?

If you've been a suffer of depression (especially of multiple instances) and dealt with constant chronic suicidal ideation how did you stop it? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 12, 2011 - 29 answers


How can I stop hating these people and start not thinking about them at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 15 answers

What methods do you use to introspect?

How do you introspect? When you're feeling internally (emotionally, mentally, spiritually) congested, what do you do? More inside. [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Jun 6, 2010 - 29 answers

Help me mold our no tv life

I think I'm ready, I've done the research but I need support. Especially of the people who have done it before me. Will you give me Your best Tip and trick? I have young chIldren and they are going to be ....very troubled. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on May 3, 2010 - 30 answers

Quiet you

How do I read without talking to myself? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps on Mar 26, 2010 - 22 answers

Thinking my way to recovery from an ED

Help me take control of thoughts that make me feel like an ugly giant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2009 - 8 answers


How do I ignore negative thoughts without suppressing them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2009 - 15 answers

Avoiding Energy Sapping Thoughts

I've discovered one of the mechanisms of my laziness. When it comes time to do something, I start thinking about how boring or tedious it will be to do it. Thinking this very effectively zaps all my energy and will to do this thing. The interesting thing is, if my mind is occupied with something else, say a book or conversation I've recently had, then those negative thoughts don't pop into my head, and I can work away like a happy little smurf. How do I avoid these negative thoughts, so I can "Just Do It"?
posted by parallax7d on Jul 14, 2008 - 11 answers

Funny like Jack Handey.

If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong, though. It's Hambone. I love the writings of Jack Handey. His Deep Thoughts (beware sound!) and his articles in the New Yorker. I would love to hear recommendations of similarly funny writings. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on May 26, 2008 - 35 answers


Help me de-stress and refocus my moods. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on May 7, 2008 - 13 answers

People are not Pokemon. Stop trying to keep them all.

How can I reign in jealousy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2008 - 9 answers

The rain in spain falls mainly on the plane

What is the shortest sentence that would highlight differences in dialects and accents in the English language? [more inside]
posted by Samuel Farrow on Jul 21, 2007 - 26 answers

How can I get a handle on the negative thoughts running through my mind constantly

To those who have successfully treated their depression using CBT or are in the process of doing so: How did you/ do you handle the constant barrage of negative thoughts and self evaluations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2007 - 20 answers

How to focus?

How can I compartmentalize my thoughts/life in order to be productive? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Thoughts into Reality

I read that "You always get more of what you focus on in life." I am wondering if we can truly manifest what we want in life by first manifesting it in our thoughts/minds. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Jun 4, 2006 - 29 answers

Thoughtful sleep

Do you think differently depending on which side you're lying on? For instance, do you have more practical thoughts while lying on your left side, and more fanciful/creative thoughts while lying on your right side? Or vice versa? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita on Nov 3, 2005 - 20 answers

How differently do people think?

Richard Feynman described thinking as basically just talking to yourself. Then a friend told him to picture a part of a car and then asked him how he explained to himself what the part looked like. He then realized that you can see when you think as well. Then later on he tried counting up to 60 and seeing how accurate his perception of time was. He usually counted to around 48 by the time 60 seconds had gone by. Then he figured that he could count pretty much all of the time and not get distracted, but he couldn't talk and count at the same time. (+) [more inside]
posted by pwally on Mar 6, 2005 - 37 answers

How much does CD packaging add to your enjoyment?

CD packaging: How much does it add to your enjoyment of the music? Does it influence your listening experience to any degree? Feel free to mention both positive and negative examples.
posted by davebush on Feb 14, 2005 - 44 answers

The universe is huge: books that make you philosophize, reflect and shiver?

You know that feeling you get when you contemplate how big the universe is? (Java) Or when you see a picture of the earth from space? Or you hear a piece of music that always makes you feel just a little bit happier? (MIDI) What are some books that can inspire that same reflective/philosophical/shivery state of mind? I'm looking for any type of book - not just science or philosophy (though those are good too) but anything - non-fiction, fiction, poetry, children's - that will "make your head spin" while reading it.
posted by Jaybo on Feb 4, 2005 - 44 answers

The locality of thoughts inside the head

Why is that thoughts seem to occur in the physical place inside one's head? Do blind or deaf people experience the physical locality of consciousness in the same way that others do?
posted by swift on Jan 24, 2005 - 25 answers

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