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The next step in overcoming Pure OCD could be to The Memory Hack not respond to the obsessions at all. In order for a sufferer to achieve this, they need to take another look at the way they perceive the danger in their thoughts. For instance, if someone has this OCD and it's directed at religion, it could be helpful to remember that an involuntary thought should not be considered sinful and that God isn't vengeful and it's not like he'd punish someone for having an involuntary thought.
When people dealing with Pure OCD have thoughts that could be considered violent in nature, such as murdering someone or harming themselves, they could ask themselves: are my thoughts hurting people? If I imagine hurting myself am I actually hurting myself? It's important to note that people who suffer from this type of OCD rarely if ever at all actually act on these thoughts that their minds show them. An OCD Workbook by Bruce Hyman and Cherry Pedrick state that "People with the Pure-O form of OCD are extremely unlikely to ever carry out the horrific acts and urges that pop into their heads."