Laugh at OCD

I just remembered a technique that an old OCD therapist of mine recommended. She said not only should you drop the thought when you can but you can actually make fun of the thought or the force that’s making you think it.

What she meant was when you have a thought you can try to drop it like some therapists say, but what is even more powerful is to just say like “Yeah right, like that’s really true!”

Like if I had a thought when my wife said something dumb and it made me think she’s super dumb (the type of thing I obsess over), I should counter that thought by saying something ridiculous like “yeah okay so she’s the dumbest person in the world. That’s obviously got to be true.”

Which isn’t. And this is the method that is not only supposed to help you passively stop obsessing but actively work against it.

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