It’s nothing new, we do it all the time. We do it to ourselves. We do it in our own heads.
All it takes is some casual comment, something we read, something we’ve seen, and all of a sudden an anxiety or fear will be triggered and we lock onto that thought.
Terrier like, we refuse to let it go. We niggle with it, run it round and round, we will do anything but put it down and let it go.
While we’re doing this the rest of the world ceases to exist. Locked into thought like this we can’t even see what’s right in front of us – even with our eyes wide open. We are stuck in our own head. Isolated in our mind’s vice like grip.
But as soon as you notice this, the lock releases. Noticing that you have been caught in this vice like grip dissolves it immediately.
Being locked in is a habit. The habit can be broken. All it takes is to notice it.