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The anchor point method in mental health training is a cognitive technique that aims to promote positive changes in thinking and behavior. In doing so, the individual identifies positive “anchor points” or thought patterns that are associated with positive emotions. By consciously directing attention to these anchor points, the individual can maintain a positive mental attitude in stressful situations or when faced with stressful thoughts. The method is based on the idea that the mind can be strengthened by consciously focusing on positive aspects to improve emotional well-being. Through regular training, the anchor point method can help break negative thought patterns and become more resilient to psychological stress. It is a practical strategy that aims to promote mental health and build resilience in dealing with challenges.

The anchor point method, also known as “anchor point work,” has its roots in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a well-established psychological approach. It was developed as a strategy to increase positive thoughts and emotions and thus improve psychological well-being. It originates from the idea that focusing on positive aspects of life can promote mental health. This method is closely linked to working on cognitive distortions and building positive thought patterns. In psychology, the anchor point method is often called the "affect bridge" because it aims to create a bridge between positive emotional states and challenging situations. Professionals use this method to help patients cope with stress, anxiety and other psychological challenges by establishing positive anchor points as resources.

FrédARico, the virtual hologram clown, integrates the anchor point method into his unique mental health training by creating “feel-good experiences”. An outstanding example is the floating soap bubbles in which clownfish happily swim. This visual representation serves as a positive anchor point that is associated with joy and lightness. FrédARico encourages its users to focus on this image during stressful moments to activate positive emotions and interrupt stressful thoughts. By associating with the carefree world of floating bubbles and happy clownfish, a bridge of affect is created that helps calm the mind and increase emotional well-being. This creative application of the anchor point method shows how virtual elements in mental health support take innovative ways to promote positive psychological states.

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