An interesting new study conducted by Jesse Omoregie and Jerome Carson, both from the University of Bolton has suggested that aspects of affectivity such as self-compassion, the perception of flourishing, perceived control, and affective well-being may be key in the reduction or management of unwanted intrusive thoughts.
Omoregie, J. and Carson, J. (2022), “Reductive mechanisms for unwanted intrusive thoughts: exploring affectivity in clinical and non-clinical samples”, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-06-2022-0040