8 Different Methods to Collapse Undesirable Thoughts

Thursday 22 May 2014 0 comments

Study proves that thought elimination doesn't work, so how can you cast out annoying boring attention?

Undesirable thoughts

It's one of the annoying of having a mind that sometimes bad beliefs get stuck going around in it.

The most emotional method for dealing with it is using thought depression we try to come out of our minds.
As many researches have shown, thought depression doesn't work. Ironically, trying to push thoughts out of mind only makes them come back stronger. It's a very frustrating finding, but one that's been replicated experimentally again and again.

1. Directed aberration

Aberration does work but, oddly enough, studies suggest it is better to disturb yourself with one thing, rather than letting the mind amble.
That's because aimless mind ambling is associated with unhappiness it's better to focus on, say, a specific piece of music, a TV programmer or a task.

2. Avoid urgency

When tested scientifically, this turns out to be a bad approach. In fact, rather than being a distraction, stress makes the unwanted thoughts come back stronger, so it certainly should not be used as a way of avoiding unpleasant thoughts.

3. Though must be postponed until later

While continuously trying to suppress a thought makes it come back stronger, postponing it until later can work.

Researchers have tried asking those with persistent anxious thoughts to postpone their worrying until a designated 30-minute 'worry period'. Some studies suggest that people find this works as a way of side-stepping thought suppression.

4. Sophisticated analysis

It seems sophistically that focusing in on a thought might help it go away, but some research suggests this can work. It's based on the long-established principle of 'exposure therapy': this is where, for example, arachnophobia are slowly but surely exposed to spiders, until the fear begins to fade.

5. Acknowledgment

Along similar lines, but not so direct, there's some evidence that trying to accept unwanted thoughts rather than doing battle with them can be beneficial. Here are the instructions from one study which found it decreased participants' distress:

Struggling with your target thought is like struggling in quicksand. I want you to watch your thoughts. Imagine that they are coming out of your ears on little signs held by marching soldiers. I want you to allow the soldiers to march by in front of you, like a little parade. Do not argue with the signs, or avoid them, or make them go away. Just watch them march by.

6. Ponder

Similar to acceptance, Buddhist mindfulness meditation promotes an attitude of compassion and non-judgment towards the thoughts that flit through the mind. This may also be a helpful approach to unwanted repetitive thoughts.

7. Self- assertion

Self- assertion is the latest psychological cure-all. It involves thinking about your positive traits and beliefs and has been found to increase social confidence and self-control, among other benefits.
It may also be helpful for unwanted repetitive thoughts, although it has only been tested experimentally a few times.

8. Write about it

Contrast to self- assertion, expressive writing. Writing about your deepest thoughts and feelings has been tested extensively and it does have various health and psychological benefits.

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