Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mystery of the mind

Today I was driving for work and had one of those moments when I wondered; Am I the only one that does this?!

Sometimes when I am doing something I will picture something happening that is usually bad or a bit disturbing to say the least.

So for instance:
Today I was driving along the highway and a semi was coming and for a brief moment I pictured in my mind what I would feel like if all of sudden my car swerved in front of the semi and had a head on collision. I know! Sick really! It is unexplainable and before I even consciously realized what I was doing, my mind went to all those places~ like for that split second what would I be thinking and feeling!?


I can be driving and start to drive over a bridge and my mind will drift to the "what would it look like or feel like if my car veered and went over the side?" The though usually creeps in before I can consciously shut it out!
Usually about then I have significantly creeped myself out and will turn the radio on and distract my mind from wandering to such tragic places!


I can remember carrying Cohen and then Kadence, as babies, down the stairs and picturing myself tripping and falling all the way down.

I am sure there are more, but these are the vivid ones that come to mind right now!

I have recognized in myself that I "like" to try to put myself in someone else's shoes (and I know that no one can really fully do that) but I can go alot of places in my mind to help me understand what it could be like to be in someone else's situation, what it would feel like, look like, sound like, etc....which probably explains a bit about why I love the "job" that I have. (I use "job" loosely cause it really is a passion).
I am not sure.
Does that explain why my mind also puts myself in these mental visual scenarios that are a bit disturbing!?
Any therapists out there that want to take a shot at this one??

Saw this quote today and thought it went well with the political "fire" that is out there right now, no matter which side you stand on:
"If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions." ~unknown


Kelsey said...

Glad to know i'm not the only one that visions these things.. i do all the time.. another thing i notice is after something happens i vision how bad it could have really been. like a fall..

Jen said...

KELSEY! I should have known! I am not alone! YAY!

Kim said...

Glad to know that I have two people out there that have the same thoughts from time to time!

Rachel Siffring said...

Ok totally freaky! Yes I do the same thing. Weird! Also sometimes when the phone rings I just get this awful feeling that it is going to be tragic news. Or if someone is away or late all of the terrible possibilities go through my mind and I start thinking how I would feel and react.

Tiffany said...

HA! Not a therapist, but I can honestly say that most women I have talked to about this can completely agree and understand. Let's face it....we're all weird!

The Preister's said...

I do it all the time, it is sick...I agree!!! I have come to think of it as a way I come back to reality to appreciate what IS and not what COULD be from time to time!! And, makes me respect how quickly things can and do change!
I even remember doing this as a child!!

Jen said...

Wow I had no idea that "most" people did this! That is very interesting!