- Dec 2020
If you need to imagine in concrete detail how you would notice that a problem disappeared, you are challenged to leave vague descriptions like “I’ll be happy”, “I’ll be less annoyed” behind.Vagueness in the end is a cognitive avoidance mechanism. It is easy to ruminate on general emotions and thoughts but very hard to imagine concrete outcomes and changes. We would rather not face precise thoughts, emotions or memories because they can be painful. Better to stay at a safe but vague distance.
This is all about solution based therapy. We need concrete ways of fixing our problems.
Vagueness is a cognitive avoidance strategy. It is a way to avoid digging deep.
It is safer for our feelings to stay vague, but that is not where we need to improve.