“Cognitive Defusion” is a stress management technique where you sing your worries. Research has found that it is effective in lowering stress. This technique is not a new idea, but in revisiting it researchers find that singing anxieties separates them from their meaning, allowing the person to feel more in control. “Cognitive Defusion” is similar to another mechanism where you vocalize your worries in a cartoon voice. Both of these techniques work in a way where they re-frame how you think about your anxieties. This mechanism might help you but it’s okay if it doesn’t.
- I’ve got a simple stress management trick for you that might work wonders. It’s called “cognitive defusion,” and it asks you to sing your worries — literally.
- As Olga Khazan explains over at The Atlantic, the logic behind cognitive defusion is that singing your fears can help you separate them from their meaning.
- And the evidence supporting the idea of singing your worries isn’t just anecdotal, either; scientific research is also busy exploring cognitive defusion.
“As Olga Khazan explains over at The Atlantic, the logic behind cognitive defusion is that singing your fears can help you separate them from their meaning.”