Depression - The Thinking Addiction
Depression is disabling and Depression can be a killer, and The Thinking Addiction is a new pespective on Depression and how to "Kick the Habit".
Below is an extract from the new book about the Thinking Addiction which provides further insight into why it can be viewed as an addiction:
It is estimated that the average person has around 60,000 thoughts per day. If we assume that this is just in waking hours that means an average of 3750 thoughts per hour over a 16 hour period or 62½ per minute, approximately 1 every second. Like a clock, relentlessly ticking away.
Yet there are times when we do not realise that we are thinking. We may be so engrossed in a task that we get lost in it. It is only when that task comes to an end or something jolts us to “snap out of it” do we realise that so much time has passed. In effect what we have done is alter the balance from conscious thought processing time to sub-conscious thought processing, decreasing our conscious thinking to give more power and energy to our sub-conscious thinking.
Our conscious mind is our personal leader, it is where our passion and focus come from, where our ‘self’ resides, where we set ourselves goals and targets, it is where our analytical and creative processing and re-programming happens and we make our decisions. It is also where we feel the full range of emotions – happiness, joy, sadness, anger, etc. Our sub-conscious mind, on the other hand, is the doing part of us, our personal manager. It is highly efficient at carrying out the commands we have issued to it, as well as the management of all of our automated bodily functions like breathing, heart, muscle co-ordination, etc.
When we transfer the balance of our conscious mind to sub-conscious to carry out a pre-programmed routine, whether it be work, playing music, doing a sport, a process where we “lose” ourselves in it, this process is called Flow. According to research carried out we are actually more “in Flow” at work than when we have free leisure time. As we go up the managerial ladder the higher the proportion of Flow in work than in leisure time. (Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi using ESM – Experience Sampling Method)
In the Thinking Addiction we do the reverse of this, we upset our normal balance of Conscious/Sub-Conscious processing, increasing our conscious processing at the expense of our sub-conscious processing. Using our acute analytical skills we turn the spotlight onto ourselves, analysing our state of ‘self’, immersing ourselves in a sea of self-criticism and self-judgement, analysing every action, every error, every decision, everything we have decided is bad about ourselves and chastising ourselves for them. We feel powerless to make up for the mistakes and “bad” decisions that have caught up with us, we have run out of time, for we are too old, “Past it” and “on the shelf”, or just “not good enough”. We regret the choices we have made, forgetting the reasons for those choices in the first place, which may have been perfectly valid at the time. In doing so, we step into chaos, or entropy, as it is called.
We are currently creating a set of informational/tutorial videos about The Thinking Addiction which will be freely available on YouTube once completed. Why free? Because we believe that such information should be freely available to anyone either suffering from or caring for people suffering from this condition.