There is a world of difference between actions and thoughts.
Thoughts need not - should not - be punished.
Actions on the other hand....
Equally, these thoughts that are socially/morally repugnant, are probably thoughts best not expressed...ever.?
Hum ... interesting question. I follow the belief that there are somethings that shouldn't be said. But this would be, let's say, in a family or work environment. There are things that serve no purpose other than hurting.
When it comes to disordered thinking, however, if it causes overwhelming distress and the individual afflicted by it cannot come around it. It's time to express it. To a professional or a trusted loved one. It's no wonder why psychotherapy is known as the 'talking cure', more often than not people just need to share the burden in order to put things in perspective :)
lol - 'the talking cure' is exactly how I would sum up psychotherapy.
(correlation does not mean causation, but the breakdown in closer familial/ interpersonal relations over the last 30 years, it has correlated to the massive rise in use of 'these services'. I include 'self help gurus', and it's offshoots of, in this category).
_I follow the belief that there are somethings that shouldn't be said. But this would be, let's say, in a family or work environment._
These are the social norms, and part of the 'rules' people buy into - which are very valid.
_There are things that serve no purpose other than hurting._
(...like mosquitoes? lol..... little bastards).
Having been accused of this heinous activity myself once or twice (believe it or not), it's a pastime I've never indulged in. Surely that is the playground of the 'psychopath type' person?
My _intent_ to help, however, was very often misconstrued - or totally misunderstood- by lesser mortals.... as being 'intentionally hurting'.
I suppose a dentist gets the same accusations thrown at them also. lol