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Are your thoughts your best friends or worst enemy?

Asked by Shippy (9870points) March 7th, 2012

If your thoughts are your best friends, in which way? Were they always your best friends, or did you have to work at it?

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thorninmud's avatar

Meh. They’re just thoughts. They come and they go. My well-being isn’t connected to them.

wundayatta's avatar

What @thorninmud said. But then, they have been my worst enemy. When I am attached to them and involved with them and they matter, they come close to killing me.

However, when I learned to do what @thorninmud suggests, I stopped feeling like I had to take them so seriously. I came to understand how they have a reality I don’t have to pay attention to. I can let them go.

They want me to take them so seriously because it feels very intense, especially when I am thinking about killing myself. And even when it isn’t that bad, they can be very intense and I do love that feeling, even if it is very bad. Even when I am feeling like the most worthless creature on the planet. Things seem to matter.

It’s crazy, but I think there’s something in me that craves this intensity—this sense that things matter so much and I am fighting for my life. The thing is, that can be dangerous. I need to be able to let up sometimes. I need to take the time to appreciate what I have instead of always wanting more, or judging myself for not being where I should be.

If I can keep these things in balance, my thoughts are my friends and I enjoy them. It is a constant struggle, though.

marinelife's avatar

Neither really.

At one point in my life, I did a lot of work to rid myself of negative thoughts.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

The biggest life-destroying enemy in my case!

YARNLADY's avatar

I do not allow negative thoughts to linger.

GracieT's avatar

Depends on if I’m manic (best friends) or depressed (enemies!)

King_Pariah's avatar

worst enemy

Bent's avatar

A bit of both. How I do it, I don’t know, it just happens the way it happens.

Bellatrix's avatar

I have days when I feel a bit down on myself – I don’t allow myself to dwell on those bad thoughts though. I know when I feel like that it is about me being a bit insecure or there is something else going on. Once I figure that out and what is really bothering me I can banish the negativity.

sydsydrox's avatar

Sometimes, your best friend can be your worst enemy, and sometimes, your worst enemy can be your best friend.

Berserker's avatar

I guess they’re kinda both. I feel comforted and at ease with them, even secured, but they can lead me to do stupid shit, whether they’re good or bad thoughts. I guess kind of like a double edged sword, but less like the expression and more like I have to know how to handle and use them properly, whenever I plan to do so at all.

noraasnave's avatar

Your thoughts are the voices of all the people that you are.

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