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(p. 234) Intervention
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(p. 234) Intervention
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Andrew MacLeod

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780198725046.003.0010
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date: 21 September 2017

A variety of methods have been used to try to change problematic prospection. In the case of well-being and mental health the main issues are how to reduce or minimize the impact of negative thoughts about the future and how to increase positive future thoughts. Existing clinical interventions do obviously address prospection but not in a developed or systematic way, and not in a way that is particularly informed by the general psychological literature. Specific interventions that address how someone thinks about the future vary from simple, short exercises to longer, more intensive programmes. Chapter 10 concludes by suggesting two promising avenues: interventions that teach goal setting and planning skills and those that enhance more specific thinking.

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