I'm just wondering if others can relate to having that feeling that their thoughts and quite often actions are basically constantly being triggered by external factors? I think this is probably something quite common with anxiety, depression, stress illness and sensitisation. I've noticed this quite recently when watching TV etc with my wife and it seems that stuff just seems to wash over her whereas I'm like a sponge and take in every little thing and personify it to death. I know adverts and the like are designed to install fear, anxiety and inadequate feelings in order to make you purchase products but it is like a heightened version of this. If it isn't funeral plans, cancer, life insurance or pension forecast warnings it's something else that's generally negative and that just seems to lodge in your sub-conscious and niggle away at you. I've spoken with people about this and most people just seem to switch off and don't think about it. This had sort of led me to believe that being in a sensitised state means we become far more receptive to and then triggered by these negative suggestions. The worse part of this is knowing that all this is designed to pull our chains etc but still falling for it every time. I have tried the usual stuff of not watching adverts etc etc but even in usual TV shows stuff about illness, disease etc etc is still in there obviously and whilst this doesn't register on the radar of most 'balanced' individuals for me it just seems to mainwire itself to my brain and it's like it's a personal thing that relates to me directly. I suppose this is somewhat akin to the faulty cognition pattern known as 'magical thinking' in which we fall into the trap of equating our thoughts with external reality. This is totally illogical of course but once again even though I'm a logical and analytical person and I can see the fallacy I still find myself doing it. It is of course totally impractical to lock ourselves away in the hope we can avoid these triggers. The answer of course appears to be returning back to the time when we did not allow our internal thoughts and actions to be controlled and triggered in this manner but this is as always easier said than done. Any thoughts on this gratefully received.