Change the Channel

Regarding intrusive thoughts:

The brain is supposed to respond to a threat by making us pay more attention to it as if it’s a saber tooth tiger. The problem is it’s a false alarm. I guess a good analogy would be, it’s not that the TV is broken, it’s that you’re watching the wrong channel. If you don’t like the show that’s on, the thing to do isn’t to try to fix your TV. The thing is to learn how to change the channel.

Jonathan Abramowitz (a clinical psychologist specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)
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