“Man is by nature a social animal.” So spoke Aristotle in the early fourth century B.C.E. Today, this sentiment still holds true. We engage ourselves in relationships with others, and we share thoughts and experiences all the time. We do this out of need: our social nature asks us to do so and we cannot ignore it. But what happens when our social possibilities are severely limited?
If you’ve ever waited for a train and suddenly thought about jumping—or pushing someone—in front of it, or had a sexually perverted thought that had little to do with your actual desires, you’re not the only one. Unwanted intrusive thoughts are common yet differ greatly from one person to the next. Keep reading if you want to find out how you might deal with such thoughts.