Originally Posted by Anon La Ply
Thoughts are harmless if you don't take them to heart and just look at them dispassionately as objects of consciousness.
Just thinking aloud again ...
There's the rub, I believe. Many people can't seem to help taking them to heart, and can't separate the thought from their identity. You know - I had an evil thought, so I must be evil.
I'm not sure if that is a skill everyone can learn despite being difficult, or if some are simply incapable.