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Re: I need to shrink my head olivepit

Posted by Dinah on July 16, 2009, at 10:40:28

In reply to I need to shrink my head, posted by olivepit on July 13, 2009, at 23:20:16

I've always found that fighting thoughts, trying not to have them, just makes them sink in deeper.

Is it possible to shift the unproductive ruminations into more productive ones? If you no longer have control over that situation, can you shift your worrying into planning how you'll react if what you fear happens does happen? Or how you might be able to plan for future similar situations? Or even something vaguely related? Worrying, properly channeled, can be an asset, if not a particularly pleasant one.

Also, even if you don't have OCD, you might find some of the OCD techniques helpful. "Brain Lock" and "STOP Obsessing" are the two books I found most helpful.

I often find that my worries distract me from my fears. Is it possible that in focusing on things that you can't control, you are actually trying to control fears about things too scary to even think of?

 

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