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Nature of thoughts

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I would like to begin my blog with an introduction to the nature of thoughts. When you think about it, thoughts are a mental collection of words, which are formed by letters which represent certain sounds. So, we might say that words are a collection of sounds to which someone assigned a meaning. The words themselves are not the the thing, the meaning, assigned to the words. Language is a wonderful and useful tool that we use for communication, and yet it can work against us as well. We are so steeped in language and the meanings that we ascribe to words, or the collection of sounds represented by that group of letters, that we tend to see the words as one and the same as the meaning we have assigned to them.

So, why is this important? I invite your comments and will address this question in my next blog.

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Author: Carolyn L. O'Brien, Ph. D.

I am a clinical psychologist in Mobile, AL. I treat individuals and couples, ages 6 and up. I specialize in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety and depression and provide assessment for ADHD and learning disabilities.

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