15.54 Example: Avoiding Anxiety Part 5

The Dark Side of Language

Plus, following the avoidance rule (e.g., “avoid anxiety”) constantly reminds you of actual anxiety because the word anxiety is in the rule. Something like this is part of what is happening in panic disorder.

A diagram illustrating a lion and a snake.

The dominance of verbal relations

Bidirectional transformation of stimulus functions

Rampant rule following

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