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7 Ways to Stop Obsessing

By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor

7 Ways to Stop ObsessingMason Cooley once wrote: “The cure for an obsession: get another one.”

That’s about as good advice as any that I’ve heard on how to quiet the annoying voices inside your head. They nag, persist, harass, and endure longer than your patience or composure.

I haven’t been very successful at managing mine, as I’m usually processing three obsessions at a time. But a few of my strategies have helped me from time to time. Here they are.

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7 Ways to Stop Obsessing

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  1. I actually read about a study in which they found that the “thought stopping” technique can cause a worsening of obsessions/worries. In that particular study they asked participants to use the technique to stop thinking about a “white bear” – which of course they found increased thoughts about the bear. Another suggestion to deal with obsessive thoughts would be to imagine they are floating by like leaves on a river, notice them, but not let them take hold.. taken from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

  2. Interesting article with some helpful hints. I would just like to stress that “dealing with obsessions” is NOT necessarily the same as suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is a potentially devastating disorder that can totally ruin lives. The good news, though, is that it is treatable. I talk about my son’s journey through severe OCD and anything and everything to do with the disorder on my blog.

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