One-hundred word drabble: Reading time: 40 sec
POCD IN CLASS: 100 POWERFUL WORDS ON HOW TO DO THE RIGHT THING
It isn’t the first time. It happened before in class. It was the paedophile thoughts. Still, s/he managed to get through the lesson and the lessons before that. But right now, s/he’s sweating, though the classroom is cool.
“I swear I’m on the verge of doing something wrong,” s/he whispers.
S/he addresses the class. “Please study the spellings on the whiteboard!”
S/he resists doing the wrong thing.
It’s tough, but s/he’s cooling down now, anxiety reduces.
Response prevention worked―s/he avoided avoidance, did the right thing.
S/he stands then erases the spellings.
“Okay, class, ready for your spelling test?!”
Teachers find it a struggle to manage paedophile-intrusive thoughts in school. This 100-word drabble captures an in-the-moment exposure when anxiety gets high during class. It shows how the teacher is afraid of doing the wrong thing. That is, escaping the classroom, which is an avoidance compulsion but managing to do the right thing by avoiding avoidance when intrusive thoughts interfere. With practice, it helps weaken the teacher’s obsession. Subsequently, it reduces the urge to escape (avoidance compulsion) from the classroom.