What are ego dystonic thoughts?
Very simply put, ego dystonic thoughts are thoughts that are not in line with who we are and/or what we believe. This is a common way that obsessions manifest in the context of OCD (i.e. “what if I harm a loved one?,” “what if I offend the higher power in which I believe?”).
When we experience ego dystonic thoughts, we are distressed because it threatens what believe to be right, safe, understandable, and true. Having a comprehensive knowledge of ourselves is a strength in the treatment process as it helps us delineate what thoughts do and do not deserve our attention. Albeit uncomfortable, ego dystonic thoughts are all bark and no bite!
OCD Treatment: Ego-Dystonic vs. Ego-Syntonic Thoughts https://www.restoredminds.com/5-Rules-For-Recovery In this video, I talk about the difference between Ego-Dystonic and Ego-Syntonic thoughts and how it applies to OCD treatment. About Matthew Codde: Matthew Codde has worked in the field of mental health for over a decade and maintains a specific passion for helping others take their lives back from OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders.