Thought virus? What they are and how to defend themselves

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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Thought viruses, what are they? You will have noticed. Social media and commercials are filled with images, videos, phrases and discussions that capture your mind and settle in your thoughts as unwanted guests.

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Thought virus, what are they? You will have noticed. Social media and commercials are filled with images, videos, phrases and discussions that capture your mind and settle in your thoughts as unwanted guests.

Some speak of thought viruses as of ideas that can "infect" the mind and emotions. It would be like going outside or going to a crowded place and exposing yourself to the flu virus. We access the SOCIAL MEDIA, we are online and at the same time we are exposed to everyone's thoughts.

Social network users who need to search and find points of reference in the ideas of others may be more easily carried away by these thoughts, which can become insistent and obsessive. There may also be a risk of manipulation from this point of view, linked above all to the pounding messages of commercials and political campaigns.

Thinking with your own head e make decisions on your own, independently, on the basis of their intuition it seems more and more difficult for those who let themselves be carried away by the crowd (we really are all sheep or are there still black sheep capable of going against the current?). Or rather, perhaps not everyone is able to do it because they allow themselves to be influenced too much by the thoughts and ideas of others.

Just open any Facebook page to run into long-running discussions, fights and quarrels on any topic. Now online we discuss everything without shame and without limits, up to quarrel and insult. We confront each other on important political or environmental issues but we also get to clash on very futile topics, even on how much salt to put in the cooking water of the pasta or on the latest scandal in the life of some famous person.



How can we do for defend ourselves from these "viruses of thought" that occupy our mind unnecessarily and that steal so much precious time? Perhaps, first of all, we should learn a use social networks more intelligently.

It makes no sense to choose Facebook - or other online channels - as an outlet or as a pretext to trigger disputes (with users we may not even know in person). Yet taking a look at Facebook it is evident how similar situations are on the agenda.

Let's take our life back and our ideas. We create fixed points in our way of thinking and at the same time we remain elastic to be able to understand the opinions of others without being carried away and at the same time without finding ourselves generating unnecessary clashes at any cost on any topic.

We remember that it is our thinking that generates reality (Thu find an interesting insight) and that at any time we can analyze our emotions to understand where they come from and take the time to act - calmly - accordingly. Remember that even online you can clarify in a courteous and polite way. Respect first of all, everywhere.



Marta Albè

Photo font: Boston Magazine

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