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About taurean

  • Birthday 27/04/1950

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    Olympics (especially London 2012),Athletics,Swimming,Photography, Astronomy, Archaeology, Antiques Programmes on TV,Art. Choral and Classical Music, Jazz, Fishing, Aerobic Exercise, Gardening, National Trust, Wildlife

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  1. If you know your compulsions, you can work back from them to suss out the OCD core belief that is at the heart of a strand of OCD. But in any case you can use the downward arrow technique. Just to expand on what GBG said : On a piece of paper write down a statement as to what you believe is causing your problem. Then underneath it, draw a downward arrow and then write in the answer to this question. If this were true, why would it be so bad? After writing in the answer, put in another downward arrow underneath, and ask the same question again. Keep going until no further answer is possible – your last answer should reveal the core belief. Do this with each of your issues to find all your core beliefs.
  2. Yes, havenobrain regularly contributes helpful observations. Just a poor decision which we all make from time to time.
  3. Brainlock is a great book. It is the first time, when I read that, that anyone had explained why my brain got locked into repeating mental chatter. I haven't come across the DBT terminology. I think the mindfulness-based CBT for OCD is only just catching on over here. It is excellent, I agree, and I have had a course of it from a qualified clinical psychologist. It was game-changing and I thoroughly recommend it.
  4. I used to think my voice was my fortune, as it seemed to be much appreciated when I was chatting to customers/potential customers over the 'phone. Things only went pear-shaped when they actually got to meet me Back to the thread. All the wildlife are enjoying the new garden as much as we are - and it's giving them and us a beautiful positive focus. A couple of things of an OCD type came up this week. But I didn't listen to them and channelled my thinking into caring for the new lawn with regular watering, so all the squares of turf knit together, combined with how long should I wait before giving it its first cut. Great refocusing and not connecting. What happened to those intrusions? They faded away.
  5. Time to let it be and return to the benefits of the thread, folks.
  6. First cut of my brand new lawn today, and not the deepest! A light trim and water in. 

  7. It's important that we all try to be polite and understanding when posting. We can't always agree, and from time to time offence may be caused. But let's remember we join the forum to seek or give help, and that - and being respectful - are overriding considerations to which we should aspire.
  8. My pleasure and enjoyment GBG. It's good to pass on knowledge that may help others.
  9. Thank you leif. I thought when I retired I would get bored and be desperate to carry out some structured voluntary work. But we have both been busy, and neither of us currently want any ongoing regular commitments. So it suits me to spend time here, as and when I wish or am able, and share the pearls of wisdom I have collected on my therapy journey. I treat that as casual voluntary work
  10. Ahh how nice. I have a rich deep bass voice (consequence of my earlier years of choral singing), to help you with that visualisation Seriously though, I am very happy for people to latch on to the specifics I give out, because I have picked up lots of "goody bags" along my therapy journey, and want to share them out
  11. Said to be a good film, so enjoy and forget what went before
  12. I have some lovely yellow tour de France socks that came free with a cycling magazine Bad news is my wife will only allow me to wear them during the days of the actual Tour itself
  13. Understanding what to do to overcome looks simple when you know how - but the putting of it all into practice can be really hard.
  14. Some might, but "the vast majority"? On what do you base that premise?
  15. How do you know that to be the case? What about those whose CBT was not up to standard from a skilled professional experienced in OCD, was not for long enough, they didn't fully understand and accept the cognitive part, or they failed to do make the necessary thinking and behavioural changes? And those, like me, who had plenty of skilled CBT from which I was doing the necessary work, was taking meds, but needed extra concepts - The Four Steps, Mindfulness and self-love in order to get better? I wasn't demoralised, I simply needed extra therapies - CBT and meds were not enough on their own.
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