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Intrusive Thoughts Brain Metaphor

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Intrusive thoughts are a common but sometimes distressing cognitive phenomenon. This information handout uses a simple metaphor to explain why we experience distress in relation to some thoughts.

Intrusive thoughts brain metaphor Intrusive thoughts are common in conditions including anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD. Intrusive Thoughts Brain Metaphor (angled) Want to edit, adapt or personalize this resource? Choose an editable version and customize to suit your client. Intrusive Thoughts Brain Metaphor (Full resource pack)

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Intrusive thoughts feature in a variety of different problems including anxiety and OCD. People often interpret intrusive cognitions in negative ways. The Intrusive Thoughts Brain Metaphor is a conversational metaphor explaining intrusive thoughts in terms of the ‘judging brain’ and the ‘fear brain’. This worksheet was submitted by Kieran Fleck

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This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout – use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point – use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool – improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource – use as a learning tool during training

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