Cognitive defusion is the ability to separate from your thoughts and let them go instead of getting caught up in an emotional whirlpool.
The opposite condition, cognitive fusion, occurs when you are caught up in your emotions and you allow your thoughts to dictate your behavior. In other words, you act as you think. So if you are anxious, your actions tend to reflect this anxious state of mind.
Defusion helps to separate these thoughts and emotions from your actions. It is the ability of the mind to create distance between thoughts and actions.
Understanding The Implications Of Cognitive Defusion
While cognitive fusion is about the world of language (our perceptions and thoughts), cognitive defusion is about experiences (actions).
While the former dictates your actions from your thoughts, the latter simply looks at thoughts and notices them.
In theory, everyone understands the need to control thoughts and separate them from dictating behavior. However, to develop this ability requires regular practice. Rather than focusing on techniques, it is important to understand the process of developing this habit.
The aim of developing such a practice is to defuse the unhealthy influence of letting negative thinking patterns dictate our actions. Having such a daily practice allows us to engage with the present moment and to realize that our actions are always a choice. We never have to act based on how we think and feel in the moment.
With practice, you can develop the habit of noting thoughts and letting them go instead of being caught up in analyzing them and creating anxiety.
In the words of Lao Tzu, when you let go of what you are, you become what you might be.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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