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    i find that i often don't think about tics or twitches until i get into a certain location,which maybe, i have previously ticked in; i seem to automatically start doing the same one; for example, i find myself wanting to sniff when i first get into the bath, or to blink when i get onto an exercise bike at the gym, or sit on a plane, and there is a sort of auto suggestive power here which is very difficult to overcome

    but another strange phenomenon which i would be curious to know if anyone else has, is that an automatic thought will come into my head, usually involving another person whenever i do certain (often mundane) regular tasks it could be brushing teeth, or mowing the grass, whereby at various points in the process, there is an automatic recall of somebody, whom i must have been thinking about on a previous occasion at that same location; there are endless examples of this; it is not a problem, but i don't previously think of that person, and then the thought suddenly enters my head

    it seems to me that these things may be related; that once you have thought something or ticced in a particular location, the strong power of auto suggestion takes over the brain.

    anyone else with similar experiences ?

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      This certainly rings a bell for me. I classify my tics based on where they occur ("classroom tics," "bus tics", "walking tics" etc.). Similarly, particular tics of mine are associated with certain positions; when I'm having multiple bouts of a particular tic, standing up or readjusting myself in my seat can provide me with a reprieve from that tic.

      I'm not sure I've had the same experience of thinking about a particular person when doing certain activities, but there are certain phrases, (sort of internal verbal tics) that regularly spring to mind when I'm in a given location (for example, everytime I pass by the church on my block, I think "object in motion", regardless of what else I might have been thinking about previously).

      I think classical conditioning might play a role in it.