When you practice the Thought StoppingTechnique do the following:
• Decide to get rid of the image or thought. Yes, this is a deliberate decision.
• Order yourself inwardly or loudly to “Stop!”
• Simultaneously bang your wrist on the table.
• Or make a loud clapping sound with your hands
• Or pinch your wrist,
• Or use an elastic band around your wrist pulling it tight and then letting it go or sink your nails hard into your palm… Be creative; add your own tricks to the technique.
• As the negative image disappears, take a deep breath and say “relaaaaaax” softly while you
• Fill the resulting void with a positive image Practical suggestions for positive images:
• Sound of waves gently rolling over the rocks near the seashore.
• Seagulls flying merrily over the sand.
• Soothing sensations of taking a massage.
• Relaxing in a bubble bath.
• Walking peacefully in a forest.
• Feeling the fresh breeze on your face. Your personalized positive image: Your Own Personal Examples: better to say: Adaptation Of The Thought‑Stopping Technique You can customize the technique. Here are examples of personal adaptations of Thought Stopping Technique:
• An engineer used the “delete button” on the computer to get rid of the imaginary unwanted
thoughts and images.
• A housewife effectively used an imaginary “Raid Spray to get rid of her mental bugs.”
• A policeman said: “when I shout stop at my thoughts; I am ordering the thieves to play with
my mind to freeze up, or else; they know I mean it, too!”
• A university student used an imaginary balloon, filled it up with negative thoughts, and then with a prick of a needle popped up the balloon each time obsessive thoughts intruded.
• A cab driver used the traffic lights: so, the green light stood for acceptable thoughts, the yellow light meant to be aware of the thoughts, and the red light signaled thoughts to stop.
• A school teacher, while playing the game called “packman”, would see all negative thoughts being gobbled up by the packman on the computer screen.
• A young aerobics instructor used the image of “punching” the life out of negative thoughts
during kickboxing sessions. DR. LOUISE AZNAVOUR This patient said that his whole outlook on life changed for the better when he adopted that single phrase. Bonus: listen to my YouTube videos = Thought Stopping Technique = = How To Stop Negative Thoughts =
In therapy, he adopted a new perspective. By becoming upbeat and solution-oriented
person, he told himself: This patient said that his whole outlook on life changed for the better when he adopted that single phrase.
This style deviates from traditional applications. As a therapist, flexibility works for me: let
techniques to suit the person rather than forcing the person to fit the technique; give the power of control to the individual and bring out creativity. Exercise: Your Thought-Stopping Technique Now, how about if you personalize the Thought Stopping Technique? Come up with as many examples as you can. Later on, it will be easy to eliminate the ones that are not useful to you. Your version of the Thought Stopping Technique:
Here is the irony. You will need to use the Thought Stopping Technique eagerly and regularly for a week until you condition your thoughts to obey your command. According to Wikipedia, “Rose Garden” was a song written by Joe South and made famous by country singer Lynn Anderson. In part, the song says: “I beg your pardon Nobody promised us a rose garden Along with the sunshine There’s got to be some rain sometime.” And Louise adds….remember:
“We can strive to create Our own rose gardens ourselves As well as find shelter from the rain.
We are not helpless! If pain is inevitable Suffering can be optional.”
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