So a few nights ago I posted this photo on Twitter. Charlie (@DraconiX_CB) and I managed to come up with a metaphor/analogy about this quote relating to OCD! I’m a huge fan of analogies and metaphors, so I was really pleased that we had come up with a new one.
I strongly believe that if you have a positive outlook, anythings possible. Always try and keep that glimmer of hope in your eyes, or that burning passion inside of you. Never let it go, no matter how small or insignificant it might seem to you! Now I’m very guilty of being the complete opposite to this positive outlook frame of mind. I always seem to encase myself in a little negative bubble and consequently sending myself into a spiral of depression/low mood, which when you get to that point it is extremely difficult to see any positivity at all. Everything just seems pointless and functioning or even trying just doesn’t appeal. I’m sure each and everyone of us has felt like this at some point, even if it’s just for a short while, or a prolonged period of time. However if we just try, even just for a few seconds to try and rekindle that little flame of hope and motivation within us, it can make a huge difference.
“Think like a proton, always positive”
Now along with the meaning that being positive is quite often the best thing, we also figured out that (in very chemistry terms) protons also define what element something is, so you could also make the meaning of this quote to be “Remember that you’re in control” Become the proton in the situation. You’re in control of your OCD, not your OCD being in control of you. You have the power to control how much you let your thoughts/feelings/behaviours affect you. You’re in control.
Additionally, we figured that the intrusive thoughts could be represented by the ‘negative’ electrons which come and go depending on the things you bond with. So the changing of events/situations can often lead to, in real life, new intrusive thoughts occurring as well as the stopping of old ones. Things like CBT could be external influences, which can change the number of electrons the atom has. Meaning that CBT can help us change how we interpret and handle our intrusive thoughts (the negative electrons) that at times can be triggered from certain changes in situations (atoms) and also to help stop the new situations causing new intrusive thoughts to occur and becoming anxiety provoking and interfering with our life in the future.
Certain ‘bonds’ in life may bring about the negative thoughts, but if we try to break these bonds, with the help of CBT, the negativity/intrusive thoughts that are very often triggered by these situations can shift and move on. Consequently us becoming happier!
I hope this made sense, I tried my best to write it in the most understandable way possible. Hopefully you didn’t mind the chemistry jargon too much and that it all made sense. It’s bringing out the chemistry days for me! : D GCSE chemistry coming at you!
Hope you enjoyed this (not so little) analogy. A huge thank you to Charlie, who helped so much with creating this metaphor! I couldn’t if done it without him. : )
Keep positive everyone!