How To Think About Your Thoughts (Scientific American)

TheThinker128What if metacognition — that is, the way we think about thinking — was just as important as the thinking itself? New research shows a connection between the beliefs people hold about their thoughts and anxiety disorders. For example, children with anxiety disorders were more likely to report both positive (“worrying helps me feel better”) and negative (“worrying might make me go crazy”) beliefs about worry than children without anxiety disorders. Scientists are now exploring the possibilities for metacognitive therapy in alleviating symptoms of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

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