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Spend time in nature: A 2014 study found that people who went on a 90-minute nature walk reported fewer symptoms of rumination after their walk than those who walked through an urban area instead.
 

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"Compulsive drives are specifically neurotic; they are born of feelings of isolation, helplessness, fear and hostility, and represent ways of coping with the world despite these feelings; they aim primarily not at satisfaction but at safety; their compulsive character is due to the anxiety lurking behind them."

~ Karen Horney, Our Inner Conflicts (1945)
 

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"Compulsive drives are specifically neurotic; they are born of feelings of isolation, helplessness, fear and hostility1, and represent ways of coping with the world despite these feelings; they aim primarily not at satisfaction but at safety2; their compulsive character is due to the anxiety lurking behind them."

~ Karen Horney, Our Inner Conflicts (1945)

1 but most OCD sufferers are not (fully) aware of this connection

2 most OCD sufferers are away of this connection, aware that the OCD-defenses aren't working, and aware that often they are protecting themselves from something which does not exist at the moment and which may never come into existence. It's a little like fortune-telling but only on the negative aspects of the present and the future.
 

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"Thinking about and analyzing your crazy thoughts—that’s like having a skin cancer and sitting around trying to analyze why it has a certain shape and color. That’s not really the point, is it? You’ve got to find a way to cut it out or deal with it.”

The best treatment, by Jenike’s lights, is calling OCD’s bluff, with some drugs to take the edge off the anxiety.
 

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