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07 Oct 2008, 4:46 pm

Is anyone actually able to shut off their brain?!



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07 Oct 2008, 7:14 pm

A tip for those trying to go off to sleep. Interior Decorating: Imagine you are standing inside a house. Now try and select colours for the walls and try and imagine what furniture and carpet, ornaments etc. I find it helpful. Also works with garden design or landscaping.


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07 Oct 2008, 8:47 pm

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I get these times where I can not shut off my mind, I keep working out problems in my head whether they be what I should be doing personally, financially, working out senerios in my head, and the sad part even working math problems in my head. I sometimes go back in my mind and relive all the conversations I have had that day and analyze them and replay them in my head with different outcomes because I react differently in my head. Sounds weird huh.


I know what you mean, I do it 24/7



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07 Oct 2008, 9:18 pm

I write snatches of poetry in my head - I'm told that when I do put my fingers to the keyboard, the result is better than anything a lot of people I know could ever write.

No, I don't write poetry in longhand. It just takes too long for all the ideas I have bouncing around.


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07 Oct 2008, 9:21 pm

That is why I have to take sleeping pills. I wish I didn't have to but that is the only way I will become calm enough to sleep.


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07 Oct 2008, 9:45 pm

I listen to NPR going to sleep, actually - having someone else's thoughts going into my ears, much slower than my own, slows my own thoughts down to a calm point.

I've also tried meditation, which failed pretty terribly.


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07 Oct 2008, 10:01 pm

My brain is like a computer, with to many thoughts often goes into auto pilot - sometimes I wish I could pull the plug, still prefer not to override as often most creative when on full power... 8O


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07 Oct 2008, 10:04 pm

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I've also tried meditation, which failed pretty terribly.


I also cannot meditate. I have tried but.. didn't work out!


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07 Oct 2008, 10:10 pm

zen_mistress wrote:
A tip for those trying to go off to sleep. Interior Decorating: Imagine you are standing inside a house. Now try and select colours for the walls and try and imagine what furniture and carpet, ornaments etc. I find it helpful. Also works with garden design or landscaping.


Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to try it tonight.



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07 Oct 2008, 10:17 pm

I do that all the time. When it gets really bad I have to play some stupid game like Zuma or Bejeweled or get drunk or both for hours. Sometimes I wish there was someone I could talk to instead but I don’t know anyone who would be willing to get that intellectual at that late an hour.



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08 Oct 2008, 3:15 am

Chaotica wrote:
As for me, I can fully relax and don't think at all, but it requires some effort to drive all thoughts away. It's a nice thing, though, I feel much better after it.


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I seldom have this problem, but I don't think in words. I have to translate what's happening in my brain into words if I want to be able to articulate them to myself in terms of exactly what I mean...


Ditto on both counts.



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08 Oct 2008, 4:04 am

Rodent wrote:
I seldom have this problem, but I don't think in words. I have to translate what's happening in my brain into words if I want to be able to articulate them to myself in terms of exactly what I mean - so if I am having trouble thinking too much, I just stop translating it so that it can't come entirely into the foreground.


I don't think in words either, but I still have the problem of my thoughts racing all the time. Or at least, I used to. I'm pretty drugged up these days, so I'm out to it by 10pm every night. To be honest, I prefer the racing, even if I never got any sleep.

Incidentally, many linguists (and probably psychologists too) don't believe anyone thinks entirely in words, but rather in a sort of "mentalese". Steven Pinker is a good example of one who holds this view, if you're interested. The arguments for this view are too complicated to put in a post, but I'm sure you could find them somewhere on the internet.



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08 Oct 2008, 8:14 am

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Rodent wrote:
Incidentally, many linguists (and probably psychologists too) don't believe anyone thinks entirely in words, but rather in a sort of "mentalese". Steven Pinker is a good example of one who holds this view, if you're interested. The arguments for this view are too complicated to put in a post, but I'm sure you could find them somewhere on the internet.

I'm sure I don't primarily think in words. I can "hear" the mentalese going on in my head, it gets translated into words as a second step, if it gets translated at all. When I'm busy doing something intellectually demanding, I'm making decisions using mentalese. If I had to put all my thoughts into words at such times, I'd take maybe 5 times as long to do it.



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08 Oct 2008, 8:57 am

That happens if I get overstimulated in certain ways, or too much momentum going. Normally I have some trouble starting it in those areas. But when I'm overstimulated that way, the only thing I can do, is lie down in a dark room and try hard to not think until it passes, and then it stops hurting my mind (not real pain but some sort of cognitive pain). For awhile it continues. Then usually quite suddenly everything's dark and quiet in my head. Then usually I sleep because I'm so exhausted.


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08 Oct 2008, 6:41 pm

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It used to be a rather big problem but, my meds have helped keep it under control. Aside from the normal stuff, it also used to give me insomnia, but now I can sleep at night without any major problems. :)


Totally agree. While I was taking prozac I felt calmer and cared less about silly little stuff, and my mind was clear and I found I could concentrate on things, my memory improved tremendously, I found interest in things I did, and I didn't have that dull feeling in my head the whole time. Now I've been off it for 2 years and it's back to normal: can't conentrate on amything for longer than about 10 minutes, lack of interest, my memory is really poor and I just have this mental background noise going on all the time. It's sad to think that it's medication that did me so much good. I'd like to go to the doctor and ask for some more, but I know what the answer wil be, useless CBT by an overworked psych with about 300 other mild depressives on his books.



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08 Oct 2008, 6:59 pm

ShadesOfMe wrote:
zen_mistress wrote:
A tip for those trying to go off to sleep. Interior Decorating: Imagine you are standing inside a house. Now try and select colours for the walls and try and imagine what furniture and carpet, ornaments etc. I find it helpful. Also works with garden design or landscaping.


Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to try it tonight.


Hope it goes well!


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