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thought

 [thawt]
the result or product of thinking.
thought broadcasting the belief that one's thoughts are being broadcast from one's head to the external world.
thought disorder a disturbance in the thought process that is most narrowly defined as disorganized thinking with altered associations, as is characteristic of schizophrenia. The term is often used much more broadly to include any disturbance of thought, such as confusion, hallucinations, or delusions, which affects possession, quantity, or content of thought.
thought stopping a method of overcoming obsessive, phobic, or otherwise distressing thoughts by first concentrating on them and after a short time stopping or interrupting them.

thought stopping

a technique of cognitive behaviour therapy in which individuals are trained to stop intrusive negative thoughts when they occur, either by the self-administration of a painful stimulus, such as snapping an elastic band worn around the wrist, or by bringing to mind a vivid mental image such as a stop sign. Typically, individuals are also trained to reframe the negative thoughts or replace them with positive self-talk. Sometimes known as thought stoppage.
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Although it initially seemed promising in the 1980s, especially in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, thought stopping has generally proven ineffective in treating rumination.
The present results also proved the efficacy of following techniques: Exposure with Response Prevention, Satiation, Relaxation Exercises and Thought Stopping.
The thought stopping technique that was introduced in session 3 was tested in a real situation created by a two-minute-long video clip filmed from the player's perspective.
Al Braiki said an investigation of the complaint revealed that the pupil's father abused the driver as he thought stopping the bus at that point partly blocked entry to his private parking.
Certain levels of stress-related arousal may benefit performance, but almost all dancers who can perform in their "zone" are able to manage their stress with a variety of skills, including reframing, thought stopping, mental imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, biofeedback training, and many other relaxation activities (all discussed in the book).
If the answer to any of the questions is "no," then "deflection skills" such as distraction, thought stopping, and relaxation/meditation are the next step.