Intrusive Thoughts Brain Metaphor
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 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
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