Polluting the stream of consciousness: The effect of thought suppression on the mind's environment

@article{Wegner2005PollutingTS,
  title={Polluting the stream of consciousness: The effect of thought suppression on the mind's environment},
  author={Daniel M. Wegner and supD.J. Schneider and Brian Knutson and Sharon R. McMahon},
  journal={Cognitive Therapy and Research},
  year={2005},
  volume={15},
  pages={141-152}
}
When a person tries to suppress a thought, environmental features are often used as distracters. This research examined whether such distracters later become reminders of the unwanted thought when suppression is discontinued — and so incline the individual who remains in the suppression environment to experience a rebound of preoccupation with the unwanted thought. Subjects were asked to think aloud and to signal with a bell ring any thoughts of white bears. They were directed either to think… CONTINUE READING
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