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The Assessment of Thought Control

Thought control is a concept that refers to the process of intentionally or unintentionally regulating, suppressing, or manipulating one’s own thoughts or the thoughts of others. It can be a difficult process to assess as it is often subtle and can occur at an unconscious level. However, there are some techniques and measures that can be used to assess thought control.

One of the most widely used measures for assessing thought control is the Thought Control Questionnaire (TCQ), which was developed by Wells and Davies in 1994. This self-report questionnaire consists of 30 items that measure the individual’s tendency to use different strategies to control their thoughts. The strategies are categorized into four main types: worry, reappraisal, social control, and punishment.

Another commonly used measure is the White Bear Suppression Inventory (WBSI), which was developed by Wegner and colleagues in 1993. This inventory assesses the individual’s tendency to suppress unwanted thoughts and consists of 15 items that measure the frequency and difficulty of thought suppression.

In addition to these measures, researchers may also use techniques such as thought listing, thought sampling, and thought diaries to assess thought control. Thought listing involves asking the individual to write down all the thoughts they have over a specific period of time. Thought sampling involves randomly sampling thoughts throughout the day and asking the individual to rate their level of control over each thought. Thought diaries involve the individual keeping a record of their thoughts and the strategies they use to control them over a specified period.

Overall, assessing thought control can be challenging as it is often a subtle and complex process. However, by using a combination of measures and techniques, researchers can gain insight into the different strategies individuals use to control their thoughts and the impact this has on their mental health and well-being.

 © Linda C J Turner

By Linda C J Turner

Coaching and Therapy
Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy.
Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist.
REIKI Master.
I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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