Unformatted text preview: pull you out. Fortunately, there are a number of do-able steps that can help you climb out on your own. (If necessary, an effective counselor, therapist, personal coach, or even an insightful trusted friend can help with that task.) A useful first move is to "step back" and just watch (or listen to) what you're actually doing with your mind, and how. In other words, you train yourself to be aware of what you're doing with your conceptual thinking. You're using a little of your attention to "stand behind yourself" and be a "witness" of your own thinking process. Then you can see when your thinking is taking you places that are not helpful, and switch your thoughts onto a different track that makes it easier for you to feel good or succeed in what you want to do. The technique you just used in the "Clearing Mental Chatter" exploration is one way to do this....
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