I’m satisfied that sustaining a continuing inside monologue of thought is dysfunctional and escapist. Even if the inside monologue entails one thing disagreeable like fear, I nonetheless suppose it’s escapist. Worry may act as an alternative choice to truly doing one thing about an issue, or as a distraction from different issues.
But, I’m not satisfied that ideas are completely ineffective. They appear to be vital each for getting new concepts and for data processing.
The concept that you’ve some absolute management over your ideas appears clearly false. But there undoubtedly appears to be some management, and evidently management must be used with the intention to make one’s thoughts extra helpful.
This sense of management over ideas is similar to the sense of management I appear to have over bodily actions. The solely manner round this appears to be by saying free will is an phantasm.
So, it’s sort of bizarre how some folks say ideas aren’t you. They’re actually not the whole you. They’re probably not your core, however extra like merchandise which partly originate from unconscious processes you do not and possibly cannot know. But nonetheless, they’re extra you than for instance the chirps of a chicken on a tree. The solely manner I see to disclaim that is to make “you” meaningless.
People can change into confused between “you” and “your model of yourself”. You can by no means know your self totally, and it’s possible you’ll be neglecting and even disowning some components of your self. But that is would not look like a purpose to throw away your complete idea.
Maybe for some folks denying that idea helps them break away from limitations of their flawed self idea. Maybe that is why this type of factor is finished. Maybe one can say that saying ideas aren’t you is simply as delusional as saying that the way in which you perceive your self is you. But nonetheless, the proper plan of action appears to be to acqnoledge the bounds in your understanding, to not attempt to deny the entire idea.