Being Well Podcast: Releasing Obsessive Thoughts: Rumination, OCD, and Dealing with Fear
April 17, 2023

Forrest and Dr. Rick delve into one of the questions we’re asked most frequently: how we can let go of obsessive and intrusive thoughts. We explore why we tend to get trapped in certain thoughts, the negative effects of rumination, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We then discuss facing our fears and how we can balance getting close enough to a problem that we can do something about it…without getting so close that we become overwhelmed by it. 



Key Topics:

0:00: Introduction

1:20: What is rumination?

5:00: Why we get stuck in certain thoughts

8:10: Two kinds of obsessive thoughts

11:00: The brain’s attempt to problem solve

13:40: Assessing a hypothetical client

20:15: We all have weird thoughts

25:20: Feeling the hypothetical outcome, or completing the gestalt

31:40: Rick completing a gestalt on psychedelics

33:45: Balancing closeness and distance

39:45: Exaggerating the obsession vs. thought suppression

42:35: Widening your view and surrendering to the worst

44:50: The intrinsic emptiness of a ruminative thought

48:10: Another hypothetical case study

56:10: Doing good in the world as an antidote

59:30: Recap

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