good question. I’m not sure how to proceed further without some research but I’m not entirely sure what direction to look. It’s an area where even research gets scant.

good question. I’m not sure how to proceed further without some research but I’m not entirely sure what direction to look. It’s an area where even research gets scant.

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When hypotheticals start stacking on hypotheticals I start to get a “floating like a balloon in the wind” feeling without the grounding of something tangible. Head in the clouds, yes, but also feet on the ground.

Come to think of it, I remember getting scooped up by a hook in the middle of a swimming pool when I was little because I decided to bravely push myself into the middle when I was used to hanging onto the edge of the pool… and then realized I didn’t know how to stay afloat by myself.

Agoraphobia? Perhaps I get agoraphobia in the land of too many hypotheticals

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Well Psychology Today blog post wasn’t much help here either :) It just mentioned what’s not rocket science — that if they become a problem, it’s a sign of OCD but that most people have intrusive thoughts.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/am-i-normal/201110/intrusive-thoughts-normal-or-not


What fascinates me *is* that so little research is done in this area within the sciences and instead one has to often turn to mystical or religious texts to find _something_.

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lol nothing like getting on a research kick and finding… little.  
 
Rachman’s survey of healthy college students found that virtually all of them had intrusive thoughts from time to time, including:[6]
 
causing harm to elderly people
imagining or wishing harm upon someone close to oneself
impulses to violently attack, hit, harm or kill a person, small child, or animal
impulses to shout at or abuse someone, or attack and violently punish someone, or say something rude, inappropriate, nasty, or violent to someone.
 
These thoughts are part of being human, and need not ruin quality of life
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