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Intrusive Thoughts Brain Metaphor

Intrusive thoughts feature in a variety of different problems including anxiety and OCD. People often interpret intrusive cognitions in negative ways. The Intrusive thoughts brain metaphor is a conversational metaphor explaining intrusive thoughts in terms of the 'judging brain' and the 'fear brain'.

This worksheet was submitted by Kieran Fleck

This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout - use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point - use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool - improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource - use as a learning tool during training



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Intrusive Thoughts Brain Metaphor