You have just watched a bad movie. Putting it straight back on and watching it again would be torturous. As would watching it continually.
You wouldn't do it because you have a choice whether or not to press play.
Imagine if you had the same power over your anxious, fearful thoughts – the thoughts crippling you and stopping you from moving forward.
Imagine if you could decide not to press play when they want to torture you over and over again. Or press pause or stop.
Bad movies and crappy thoughts share a lot of common ground. Maybe the remote control concept isn't that farfetched.