The Psychology Of Thought Suppression Explained
Thought suppression is the attempt to avoid thinking about something we would just as soon forget.
This too depends on the ‘Dual Process Model of Thinking.’ The automatic part of the system, called the monitoring process, searches for evidence that the unwanted thought is about to intrude on consciousness. Once the unwanted thought is detected, the more controlled part of the system, called the operating process, comes into play. This is the effortful conscious attempt to distract oneself by finding something else to think about.
These two processes operate in tandem.
What happens is when we become tire or preoccupied, the operating process does not work as well because we do not have enough energy to have it function. When this happens, the monitoring process continues to look for the unwanted thoughts.
This resulting in unwanted thinking.
Social Psychologists and Health Psychologists agree that it is better to open up about your problems. This could be done by writing about or discussing them. :)