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My Thoughts Are Scary and I’d Rather Not Think Them

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I’m scared of my own thoughts. I’m a good person and I would typically never hurt anyone. but I get these scary thoughts. the kind of thoughts that make you crave to hear people scream. and it scares me so much. my mind thinks it would be fun to kill someone, just to see what it would feel like. of course I would never do so but I get the urge to sometimes. I am a person of good morals. I stop people from being mean to other in the halls of school and such, but when I’m alone I think really scary things. it’s like someone is telling me to do it. but the good side of me always says no, and whoever it is always listens. am i going insane? please help me. I cry sometimes because I get so scared of my thoughts…

My Thoughts Are Scary and I’d Rather Not Think Them

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You are a brave an courageous person for talking about these thoughts.The fact that they are persistent means that you’ll want to figure out why you are having them and what you can do to deal with them.

I’d recommend you as your parents about seeing a therapist, or if there isn’t one in your immediate area to talk to your physician. He or she can help point you in the right direction.

The best part of what you are saying is the fact that you fight these thoughts and put them in their place. This is exactly what some of the treatment programs can help you do effectively and efficiently.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

My Thoughts Are Scary and I’d Rather Not Think Them

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). My Thoughts Are Scary and I’d Rather Not Think Them. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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