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Third Person Perspective Reduces Anxiety

More research has emerge regarding self-perception and anxiety. In lecturers I demonstrate how anxiety can be reduced by taking a birds-eye view of self in a stressful situation, rather than a first person perspective. This mental adjustment can reduce anxiety quickly as it requires imagination which is housed in the pre-frontal part of the brain which can create emotions. An easy trick is "dream wishing" for example, whereby people imagine themselves perfomaing successfully in a given situation from an external perspective. An interesting study found dramatic reductions in anxiety using this approach. Click here to read the review.

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