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I Think My Mind is Tricking Me

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One morning, when my son was five years old, I happened to be passing by the door to his bedroom, when I heard him say, quietly but distinctly, “Come on mind, don’t trick me.”


I walked into his room and saw him searching through the toys that he kept on the floor of his closet.  I asked him what he was doing.


He said, "I'm looking for my GI Joe action figure.  My mind is telling me I'll never find it, but I know I will!"


It amazed me that my young son could tell the difference between "mindtalk" - the automatic, internal commentary of the mind - and his own thinking.


A few years later, we wrote this book for children, to give families an understanding of this phenomenon and a language to begin helping each other deal with it.

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Roy Whitten,
Nov 19, 2010, 8:52 AM
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