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Video - Just don't think about it: Derived relations and the futility of thought suppression

Wed, 14 October 15 15:20

Dr. Louise McHugh presents 'Just don't think about it: Derived relations and the futility of thought suppression'

What is thought suppression?

According to Daniel Wegner
‘attempting to banish ones unwanted thoughts’

Very common
 Rachman and Da Silva (1978)
80% of people will attempt to suppress an unwanted thought

Contextual Behavioural Science Account of Cognition: Relational Frame Theory

Relational Frame Theory suggests thinking involves deriving relations, a behaviour that can transform the functions of our environment

This allows a particular conceptualization of thought suppression