This works especially well with those 'nagging' thoughts that repeatedly bother you.
In S.T.O.P. Therapy, the STOP simply stands for 'Stop Thought of Problem'. Very simple but effective.
While not an officially recognized 'therapy' (all the better!), it does have some similarity to the idea of 'thought stopping' used in psychology.
However, with Thought Stopping, you purposely focus on a fear or other particular thought - even at a time when you weren't actually thinking about it.
You then choose a set amount of time to not think of the thing that you just decided to think of not thinking about... : )
With S.T.O.P. Therapy, though, the idea is to take captive a certain thought as it comes up.
You then 'suspend' that thought when it arrives - even for only a second or two.
This is enough time to give you a chance to see what you would feel like without this 'irritant'.
It's a very simple idea that works very well. I have used this technique myself with good success.
It gives you a chance to know that you can break free from any obsessive thought.
This idea also has a biblical basis, and why it may work so well (God made us & knows how we tick!).
2 Corinthians 10:5 says this:
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
As it becomes a habit to take your thoughts captive, you will be made free indeed from this 'thorn in your flesh'. 2 corinthians 12 7
Have a very blessed day!
John 8:36 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
Matthew 19:26 "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."