Thoughts and facts

“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boscombe Valley Mystery

I am in therapy

My OCD official

 

Too many

confined deliberations

in my brain cap

She remarks

 

Her pen

decorates the pad

Her eyes

filled with candid empathy

 

I detest it

yet

I love

that she cares

 

Her warm eyes

blanket

the premature fire

engulfing inside

 

“Thoughts

are just thoughts

They are not

facts”

 

She suggests

to tell

my neurotic self

stuck in a mess

 

of

unwelcome

intruders

surging abusively

 

Thoughts

are

not

facts

 

Thoughts

I think

are not facts

I think

 

Facts and thoughts

tangled

in an undefinable

wrestle

 

My brain has a thought

about facts

The line blurs

my heart gets scared

 

What is

the fact

of

a thought?

 

What is

the thought

of

a fact?

 

I fail to

find the border

Are thoughts

not facts?

Have you ever been able to separate thoughts from facts?

 

15 Responses

  1. It’s easy to say that thoughts are not facts, it can be easy to rationally agree with that, however it’s not the rational part of the brain that’s believing the thoughts.
    Good luck with the therapy x

  2. This is why therapy and therapists amazing, they impart wonderful lessons. Your thoughts are not facts, memorise that line and boy will it help a great deal, I’m telling you my anxiety is a lot better because of that.
    Confused about confined deliberation though, is that being locked up in a room with nothing but your thoughts to deliberate on… your thoughts are not aired so they get distorted. Ah, your therapists a poet and she/he doesn’t know it! *what up Friends reference… and superwoman reference.*

    1. I love the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Reference xxx It is though to separate thoughts from facts, but I am trying to get there.

    1. Ahhh Denny, so lucky. I am still struggling to separate them, but I might be overthinking the details. And I am so saddened to hear about US, wishing for a change and strength for the nation.

  3. Well, if we want to get technical there are those who believe there are no facts – objective truth doesn’t exist. But such discussions have little meaning outside of academia.

    As for what I think, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that thoughts are facts. Some thoughts, however, correlate reasonably well to objective reality. Other thoughts are completely off the mark. The hard part is learning how to tell which thoughts correspond to reality and which don’t.

    I sincerely hope therapy proves beneficial for you.

    1. This is my thinking exactly, when is the line between fact/reality and thoughts, when the though is about a fact/reality. I am working on not overthinking this. Thank you.

      1. It sounds to me like your therapist is using cognitive-behavioral therapy. If you want to understand what is considered a ‘true’ or ‘false’ thought in that tradition, you should do a quick google search. I don’t want to taint your vision by telling you what I think about it.

        I will say, however, that to a considerable degree ‘rational’ and ‘irrational’ thoughts are culturally-defined. In white American society, for instance, thinking that one’s dreams contained important messages would likely be considered crazy. But amongst some Native American peoples in northern California (I used to live there, which is how I know this), certain types of dreams are taken very seriously.

        1. I see, that’s very interesting. I do try to be more open-minded and less rigid in dismissing or accepting ideas. I will do more research, thanks 🙂

  4. Edgar Cayce said thoughts are things. But that doesn’t mean that they are facts. Happy meditation. Watch yourself thinking and focus on your identification with the clear minded one who watches the OCD, rather than the OCD thoughts themselves. That is yoga.

    1. I did start practicing mindful meditation with yoga. Sometimes I get caught up in technicalities, but working on it. Thanks for your helpful comments.

  5. Thank you, and good luck.
    Never stress about the technicalities.
    Sit comfortably and simply bring yourself back to being the witness, the one who sees all of the actions normally associated with being a human!

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