Likes2Read wrote:The only way to prevent the thoughts, emotions, and/or energies you refer to from arising is to stay out of the situations where you are certain they will be triggered.
The options are twofold. One, you can look at the aspect of yourself that arises under those conditions, make peace with it, and consciously prevent it from getting in the driver's seat unless there is a legit danger to yourself or others. (Gameplay may or may not count as a legit danger; that's your judgment call to make.) Or two, completely avoid every situation, place, or person who causes those aspects of yourself to rise to the surface. Thus includes gameplay situations.
Option 1 is the more prudent one, IMO, as it will leave you better prepared to deal with those facets of yourself when they are spurred into activity. I say this because mere avoidance can never be a foolproof course of action. A crisis situation might arise in real life where you don't want to be distracted by thoughts of "Oh, no, there goes that part of me I want to bury! It's back!" while handling said crisis.
We all have that side that is capable of lashing out. The trick is knowing when it's NOT the appropriate response to a situation, and telling it "No." Everyone has to learn it, starting from the time we are toddlers. But that side will have its uses, if we are responding to an actual threat. At that point, lashing out in self-defense will be entirely appropriate.
I think the thoughts might also have something to do with 'unconscious curiosity'?
The more you extremely revile, really don't want and oppose something or an idea of something happening the more somehow that pushes your mind to turn curious then think about it unconsciously?
That's even more reason to face those unwanted thoughts head-on. It takes away their power when you turn a spotlight on them and declare, "When an idea like you crosses my mind, I'm going to ignore it and carry on doing what I'm doing. I'm not going to dwell on it or freak out about it. I'm not going to assign it any importance."
Having said that, if a person is dealing with a barrage of gruesome or unwanted thoughts, to the point where it could be disrupting their ability to function, that's a symptom that means it's time to talk to a doctor. It's my understanding that some folks with OCD deal with that, and maybe some other disorders share that symptom. Those things are treatable, but only when a doctor's advice is sought out.
But if all we're talking about is a random, unwanted idea cropping up, feel free to deliberately ignore it and not attach strong emotions to its appearance.