How to Unhook From the Pain in Life

Sometimes, the painful inner voices that tear us down or distract us from life are almost irresistible. No matter how we try to affirm ourselves, we tend to get hooked on the negativity. To bounce back, we may try to avoid the pain, but the effort magnifies it instead. Psychotherapist, Bobi Emel proposes that it is better to "unhook" from painful thoughts and feelings rather than hide from them. Emel explains that when we notice and accept our thoughts for what they are, instead of judging ourselves for thinking them, we gain some perspective. As a result, we can be less absorbed with wrestling our thoughts and focus outward again.

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