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Do you ever find yourself overthinking a situation or battling intrusive thoughts? This video will teach you the skill of cognitive defusion, which will help you separate yourself from your thoughts so that you can look at them rather than through them.
Intrusive thoughts can be scary, dark or painful. They can make you worry that you’re losing your mind. they are associated with OCD but they can also just pop up out of nowhere. But Intrusive thoughts don’t have to ruin your life.
Overthinking is another problem that many people face, constantly dwelling on thoughts or rehashing them over and over.
We swim through our thoughts like a fish swims through water. We don’t even notice that the way we think colors our view of the world.
Or sometimes we do notice thoughts that we don’t like, and then we don’t know what to do with them. Sometimes you fight them or struggle against them, but that doesn’t feel any better.
So sometimes you get stuck in an endless loop of overthinking, obsessively struggling against a thought. But that’s not any better, because struggle steals your attention and energy.
In this video you’re going to learn how to get unstuck from your intrusive thoughts and break free from patterns of overthinking. You’re going to learn how to look at your thoughts instead of through them.
This skill is called cognitive defusion.
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