Thought loops and obsession

Hi Brooke,

One of the biggest problems I have, is that I imagine scenarios, which are not necessarily true (based on partial facts), and then I keep having these thought loops over an over again. They seem so real, and I actually feel like they have happened, like when you have a realistic dream and wake up mad at someone …

I talk myself out of it by using The Model or Byron Katie’s “Is it True?”, and I feel better temporarily, but then they just keep coming up in my mind.

I tend to associate these thoughts with certain places or events. So, when I walk past them, or something happens, I find myself obsessing about it all over again. Then, I try NOT to, which means I am thinking about NOT thinking about it … all of the time.

It is exhausting and not at all productive. It affects my relationships, because I am always jumping to conclusions or assuming / imagining the worst. Sigh.

Do you have any advice on how to stop thinking about these destructive things? Or, if these thoughts are just going to come up, and I can’t do anything about it, what would you suggest to move forward?

Thank you,