Intrusive Thoughts Newsletters


I'm Dr. Marty Seif, and I will be providing information about intrusive thoughts in short newsletters. These newsletters will include the most current knowledge about them, and I'll do my best to give you solid, factual information, free from myths and rumors that have been shown to be incorrect.

Anyone can sign up for these newsletters by clicking here.

In the meantime, please email me questions you might have. They will be answered in subsequent newsletters.


Martin N. Seif, Ph.D., ABPP

Previous Newsletters

How to Tell if Your Thought Is An Unwanted Intrusive Thought
Although many, many intrusive thoughts center on the possibility of doing something awful (sexual, murderous, blasphemous), that is by no means the only content of these intrusions.  Sometimes, when the content is quite different (for example, the fearful thought that someone will kill me, rather than I will kill someone else; or the repeating thought of seeming to be producing too much saliva), people wonder whether this is a true Unwanted Intrusive Thought (UIT). Read more >

How many people have unwanted intrusive thoughts?
My best guesstimate is that there are more than 6 million people in the United States alone who—at some point in their lives—suffer from unwanted intrusive thoughts. Read more >

Why Is the Content of Intrusive Thoughts so Awful? Part 1
I'm often asked why unwanted intrusive thoughts have such terrible content. Common ones include: murdering a friend/spouse/child/stranger, accidentally or impulsively killing oneself, fears of sexual orientation, blasphemy, sexual abuse of all kinds and variations. Read more >

Why Is the Content of Intrusive Thoughts so Awful? Part 2
I'll start with a quick review of the last newsletter and recap three simple facts about the way your brain works--(1) everyone has passing intrusive thoughts, (2) consciousness is broadband, but we are only aware of just a few elements, and (3) we focus on things that seem dangerous or "violate" our expectancy. All three facts lay the groundwork for the content of Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts. Read more >