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Unformatted text preview: with one exception. This time, try not to think of a white bear. Every time you say white bear or have white bear come to mind, though, please ring the bell on the table before you. Results: white bear mentions and bell rings almost always occurred when the subject finished a sentence and was silent Theoretical Conclusions: controlled effort to not think of a white bear automatic search for signs of a white bear thought suppression is difficult to do and is time consuming even when thoughts are supressed, they may return to consciousness with minimum prompting, perhaps to the point of obsessive preoccupations Practical Applicatons: suppression of thought may lead to obsessive thinking over time smoking, dieting, obsessive-compulsive disorder...
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