I had a great question today about letting thoughts be. Other people have asked me about this before and it is hard to explain this concept without you having it experienced first – alike to an electric shock. So I will do my best with the use of imagery and something that anyone can relate to:
You have a wound. It is uncomfortable, unpleasant and difficult to live with. It restricts your movement and you are not able to go places that you would like to go. The wound will take time to heal but there is a catch. You cannot scratch it. It will itch a lot but you must resist the temptation of scratching it or otherwise it will not get better. The more you scratch it, the longer it will take to heal because by now you are getting used to living with the wound and starting to tolerate the pain a bit better. A few weeks later if you keep scratching, scratching becomes a habit and it is almost a good thing to do because it provides temporary relief from the itch. But you do not seem to be getting better…and the wound looks like it is getting deeper and you do not understand why.
A couple of questions:
1- How can we apply this example to ROCD?
2 – When does scratching becomes an addiction?
3 – How can we stop scratching in a healthy way?