PTSD Healing Thought of the Week: To want to forget something is to think of it.
Sunday, July 17th, 2011 • PTSD Healing Thought of the Week •
There’s an old French proverb that says,
To want to forget something is to think of it.
It’s sort of like my telling you, ‘Don’t think about pink elephants!’ – Let me guess, the first thing you did was imagine a pink elephant, am I right?
The brain has a tough time with negative language. In order to not think about something, first it has to think of it.
So…… imagine how this works with trauma. You say to yourself, ‘Don’t think about the past!’ And the first thing your brain does is to think about the past so it knows what not to think about.
A more effective thing to do is give it something more pleasurable to think about. Will this solve everything? Of course not. But it does begin training your brain to focus somewhere else, in the present moment, which is a very useful tool in trauma recovery.
Check out this article about the use of pleasure vs. pain in the recovery process.
You have enormous healing potential. The goal is learning to access it.
Dig deep. You can do this. I believe in you!
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