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Stress Relief Tool – Disassociate In A Movie Theater

Disassociating from a negative event in your mind can help you get much needed stress relief.

We’ve all had those encounters with people that are stressful – arguing with another person and the negative emotions that linger long after the argument is over.

If you have recently had such an event, and you are still being bothered by the negative emotions that came from it, disassociating from the event in your mind can help you get much needed stress relief.

The process is as follows:

  1. Close your eyes and imagine yourself with that other person, in the same environment in which the negative encounter happened.
  2. Once you have that situation in mind, rate the score of your emotional charge from a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high).
  3. Next, imagine yourself sitting in a movie theater, watching a movie of you and that other person having that negative encounter.
  4. Once you have that visualization in mind, once again rate the score of your emotional charge from a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). You will likely have a lower score than before.
  5. If your score is still higher than you like, now imagine yourself in the projector room looking at yourself sitting in the movie theater watching the movie of you and that other person.
  6. Once you have that visualization in mind, rate the score of your emotional charge from a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). You will likely have an even lower score than before.

The reason this technique works is because when we associate into the experience, such as in step 1 above, we have access to all the feelings of that experience. However, when we are disassociated (outside the experience), such as step 3 above, the feelings will be less intense. And by using double disassociated, as in step 5 above, that reduces your emotional charge even more.

So the next time you are experiencing negative emotions from an encounter with someone, imagine yourself in a movie theater and enjoy the stress relief that comes from it.

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Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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