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”The brain secretes thoughts like the liver secretes bile”
Where rumination is concerned this quote is doubly apposite. Not only do thoughts keep on coming but they also tend to be full of vitriol and bile against ourselves, against the way we have behaved in the past and might behave in the future, and to a lesser extent against other people.
Rumination is not about the present.
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