Thank you so much for having broken it down. I really appreciate that.😊It - my mind; my thoughts
would head off - take a certain direction of its/their own accord
down - along
thought streams - a series to thoughts that were linked to each other in some way.
Careful! To head off something means to prevent or block. That is not the meaning here....According to this excerpt, when we are stressed, our mind would head off something (thought streams) whose sole purpose is to ramp up the stress. This seems a good reaction!...
"My brain was looking for reasons to feel stressed or to justify it."What does the bold part mean?
My brain was looking for reasons to feel stressed or to justify it. It would head off down thought streams whose sole purpose was to ramp up the stress.
Source: The Rules of Thinking
I thought "to head off something" means "to deviate from something". And that was confusing me about the meaning of the text.Careful! To head off something means to prevent or block. That is not the meaning here.
Here it is a question of heading off down (going in the direction of thought streams).
No. to head off (phrasal verb)But, I meant, to head off something whose purpose is to increase stress is good or bad?