Yes! I figured that out through sally winstons book “overcoming intrusive thoughts” .. they used an example of something so normal, a carrot. They told people NOT to think about a carrot and set a timer for five minutes . Another group of people were told to think about a carrot. The group that were told NOT to think of the 🥕 did MANY more times. I was facing this during romantic time with my Bf, because I didn’t want intrusive thoughts to interrupt the time so so much that of course, sometimes they would. Now I’ve refocused to welcoming all thoughts and noticing the sensations around me and intimacy is going a million times better for me mentally
@Desperate ocd🥺 Sure what’s up?
Yes it can! There was an experiment known as the white bear experiment, where the subjects were told to think and talk about whatever they wanted, but the only exception was not to mention a white bear, however subjects mentioned the white bear over and over, as it got stuck in their head. It’s very hard to not think about something if you’re fearing thinking it
@KEW915 i see so it feels like you think that even tho you dont think that all just because you thinking about not thinking that😩 what a head spin. I believe its the same with feelings like if you think about feeling a way towards something ocd makes you think thise are your feelings although they are not its all just just the thoughts of feeling a certain way. Like i said what a headspin 😩😩