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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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To prevent break-ups and cope with personal stress, women should continue to make time for pleasure with their partner, and practice techniques like thought stopping when overwhelmed with negative feelings.
Thought stopping is a method in which the patient induces the thought that is so distressful and is then taught how to stop it.
This often involves thought stopping in which adolescents learn to interrupt self-defeating cognitions (Webb, 1993).
Counselors can use relaxation, positive self-talk and thought stopping as methods to counter and diminish emotional arousal to improve self-efficacy (Betz, 1992).
These sessions included explanation of the rationale for exposure therapy; breathing retraining; instruction on managing the physical signs of anxiety, such as increased heart rate; cognitive restructuring to challenge irrational thoughts; and instruction on thought stopping to counter ruminative thinking.