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The effects of cognitive defusion and thought distraction on emotional discomfort and believability of negative self-referential thoughts.

PMID: 19716550 (view PubMed database entry)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2009.08.006 (read at publisher's website )

Akihiko Masuda, Michael P Twohig, Analia R Stormo, Amanda B Feinstein, Ying-Yi Chou, Johanna W Wendell,

Previous research has shown that rapid vocal repetition of a one-word version of negative self-referential thought reduces the stimulus functions (e.g., emotional discomfort and believability) associated with that thought. The present study compares the effects of that defusion strategy with thought distraction and distraction-based experimental control tasks on a negative self-referential thought. Non-clinical undergraduates were randomly assigned to one of three protocols. The cognitive defusion condition reduced the emotional discomfort and believability of negative self-referential thoughts significantly greater than comparison conditions. Favorable results were also found for the defusion technique with participants with elevated depressive symptoms.

J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry (Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry)
[2010, 41(1):11-17]

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