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Third Person Perspective Reduces Anxiety

August 17, 2017

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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