If you look* at something for a long time you will stop seeing it.
*This applies also to: think about something, work on something, spend time with something, or be inside of something etc.
This is oftern physilological, and may be universal
- Don’t think of white elephant. When you try not to think about something, you are prone to do it automatically do it.
- When you eat, listen, smell the first impression is the strongest.
Alternative names: Contrast principle, Opposite constant, Counteracting constant
- the author ofSteven Hayeshas a following technique. Pick a word that describes you negatively and one that you are scared other may use it in relation to you. Then say this word hundred times. When you do it, first you stop feeling it, then the connections to shameful emotions looses its power.Acceptence and commitment therapy
- Looking at colors. Red and green are opposite on the color spectrum. When you look at a red oval your visual system is counteracting it producing green so when you move your eyes and see a white wall you will see a green oval.