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Created: March 4, 2006
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Index of Topics on Site Some Research Support for Lakoff's Don't Think of an Elephant
Well, you know that I like to give you sources, so you can imagine my delight when this showed up on one of my professional lists:
"Research results suggest that when we are directed NOT to think of A, or to concentrate NOT to make a mistake (knock over the glass of wine), the probability is bigger that we will think and do what we focused on not doing. So, it seems CBT may be untherapeutic, for instance when clients criticising themselves even more for not thinking the way their CBT-therapist teaches them to do; for not getting their thinking (identifying thinking errors, replacing dysfunctional/irrational thoughts, etc.) right.

"So, it seems the work by Hayes and other mindfulness therapists, moves the emphasis from analyzing/judging to mindfulness/accepting. My patients and I find it a kinder, gentler way."

Ester to Val on PMTH911



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