With reference to the subject matter treated in these questions:
EDIT: The below "thoughts" can be labeled unethical, immoral, evil or any pejorative evaluation as judged by an arbitrary external agency, such as community norms or religious proscription. "Thoughts" are speaking to immanent or definite intent to action, rather than being inquisitive or evaluative, that is if you speak your thought (you know) others will judge you negetivly.
It occurs to me that when cognizant of a particular thought, there can be different degrees of (conscious) involvement towards it. A crude scale may look something like:
1) A fleeting thought. For instance a flash image of strangling someone, immediately dismissed by reflex.
2) A suppressed thought. A fleeting thought that need be dismissed by conscious effort.
3) An entertained thought without intent. An evil thought consciously contemplated, yet without the will to effect it.
4) An entertained thought with intent. Contemplating an evil act and how to effect it.
5) An overbearing thought. A thought that is so forceful that conscious intervention is not possible.
Conceivably there can thus be graded response to mental acts...
Is there any literature dealing with this aspect?