Throw Away Your Thoughts … Literally

trash-1new study from Ohio State University and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, and published in Psychological Study found that when a person writes an unwanted thought down on paper and throws the paper away, he or she mentally discards the thought. Conversely, when a person writes down a thought and puts the paper in his or her pocket—or hangs on to the thought in any way–the person is much more likely to use the thought when making judgments.

In the first study, 83 high school students were told to write down either positive or negative thoughts about his or her body. Half the of the group threw their thoughts in the trash, and half were told to contemplate their thoughts and to check for grammar or spelling mistakes. Then the participant rates their opinions about their own bodies. Continue reading …

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