Interestingly, every one of the three groups benefited from training, with decreases in anxiety and worry, and no significant differences between groups.
The investigators conclude that replacement of worry with different forms of positive ideation, even when unrelated to the content of worry itself, seems to have similar beneficial effects. This suggests that any form of positive ideation can be used to effectively counter worry.
Citation: Eagleson C, Hayes S, Mathews A, Perman G, Hirsch CR. The power of positive thinking: Pathological worry is reduced by thought replacement in Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 2016 Mar;78:13-8. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.12.017. Epub 2016 Jan 8.
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