Friday, October 3, 2014

Have You Talked Back to the Bully Today?

 Remember, talk back to the OCD bullies in your head each day. You can change the program in your brain that causes much of the distress by changing how you react.
Picture yourself as Clint Eastwood or Arnold Schwarzenegger facing up to the enemy.
Whenever a troublesome thought or compulsion tries to win you over, tell it: "Go ahead, make my day!" or "Hasta la vista, baby!"  Egging on the danger you fear will break the cycle.

In the meantime, be patient with any anxiety this might cause. You are not used to behaving this way toward 'the bully' -  just as a child is not accustomed to fighting back the school bully who takes his or her milk money each day.

When she or he finally faces up to the bully, naturally some anxiety, even fear, will emerge. But bullies often back away when they realize their threats are no longer tolerated. And for the victor, that is a great feeling.
Start small, with some little OCD bothersome thought or compulsion, then move on to the bigger bullies.

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