Thursday, January 15, 2015
One of my scenes from Notes from Underground was when the underground man reflected that there are some secrets that men refuse to admit to their friends, and some that they will not even acknowledge themselves. This quote reminds me the mental phenomenon known as intrusive thoughts. Have you ever been sitting in chapel and just thought, "What if I just stood up and screamed like really loudly?" and then you find yourself thinking, "No brain, why in the world would I do that." Or a more severe one, perhaps you find yourself driving and start thinking, "You know, I could just make a sharp turn here and cause a really severe accident," and then obviously you think you're insane for a few seconds before disregarding the notion. These thoughts are known as intrusive thoughts, and it turns out that approximately 94% of the population experiences them. These might be hard to acknowledge since you wouldn't want to tell your friends. For example, "Hey, the other day I was just thinking about committing triple homicide." isn't a great conversation starter. These thoughts are especially common with people with OCD, depression, BDD, and even ADHD. However, they occur on the vast majority of the population. Thoughts are typically either aggressive, sexual, or blasphemous thoughts, and they cannot be controlled, they just happen.