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  1. A little self-disclosure – although I am a clinical psychologist, I often have contrasting obsessions in my mind-thoughts and images of something terrible happening to someone, or how I commit violence against someone. (These are contrasting obsessions, as well as ideas about committing suicide, all this from above can be seasoned with feelings of guilt, panic attacks when coming into contact with some dangerous objects, such as a knife, and so on).

    Of course, I think you understand that it is difficult to get rid of OCD by using one answer to The Question (I'm not saying that you have it, obsessions are not always a consequence of a pathological process). But nevertheless, I would like to share one interesting way to control obsessions – thought stopping. J. Wolpe, one of the pioneers of cognitive behavioral therapy, worked with him a lot; there is a great article on Wikipedia on mastering this method (well, no one bothers to look for additional literature).

    In a nutshell, it looks like this: we make an approximate list of such thoughts, check them for adequacy by criticizing these actions, they say, what will happen to me if I kill a person? Will this make me uncomfortable? Does this thought bother me? (there are different types of questions, and if so, then go ahead); we present some of our obsessions, and enter a special signal for them, NLP therapists would say “anchor”. I've heard that they often use rubber bands on their wrists to do this – they hit themselves with a rubber band to stop the thought. Well, in the future, many thoughts can even be replaced with something less disturbing. You can also, during the occurrence of contrast obsession, in addition to “stopping” this thought, imagine an image of something happening in contrast to your soap. For example, you “see” how someone falls under a train, and complement the image with the heroic work of the driver, who stops the train, the person is pulled off the track, he is happy, smiles, stands, thanks everyone.

    Working with a cognitive therapist with this problem can take anywhere from one meeting to seven. Not a very large, but rather significant investment in your personality. 😉

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