Will do !
I like most of his stuff, but I don’t quite like his massively broad definition of rumination. For example, if I’m feeling sad or anxious after having an intrusive thought, he implies that even merely feeling anxious is a result of a compulsion. Anxiety is an emotion that is usually occurring from not performing a compulsion (checking, reassurance seeking, etc). When I read about this, I felt a little gaslit because I can’t control my emotional response to things. Yes, I can stop analyzing and yes I can stop reassurance seeking, and yes I can stop problem solving, but I don’t believe we can stop feeling an emotional response to a triggering stimulus. I would welcome any discussion here.
He actually talks about has some people think the same way about his stuff in another episode. He states he has lived with OCD . He created the formulation out of necessity because nothing else was happening. The first thought of the emotion cannot be stopped, but anything after the first one can be , I guess is what he’s trying to say
@Anonymous I mean that does make me feel like it’s more doable and accessible, but it doesn’t quite solve his whole all-encompassing definition of rumination. To him, even thinking about OCD is rumination. For me at least, when I’m in the throes of OCD, I can’t just like pretend I don’t have it because I do.