The scary, intrusive thoughts you can only confess to a search engine
Editor’s note: This story discusses violent and graphic mental imagery.
Most people have experienced an intrusive thought even if they can’t put a name to it.
These unwelcome flashes of imagination force us to consider horrible scenarios. A new mother might envision dropping her child several stories; a pedestrian might picture hurling himself in front of an oncoming car; a devout person might see herself blaspheming god.
Intrusive thoughts, say experts, have no bearing on a person’s intentions or moral character. Rather, they are the product of the brain’s constant motion — sometimes what it produces is inexplicably terrifying. Read more…