I had the same exercise when I was in therapy for OCD. “What is your OCD telling you to do?” “Your OCD is lying to you.” “Your OCD is trying to trick you.” “Your OCD is always going to be there for the rest of your life, waiting until you slip up and do your compulsions.” Is it any wonder that I got better when I WASN’T in therapy? After finding MIA I was able to see what my “disorders” are just thoughts. No better or no worse than other thoughts. It allowed me to dismiss the more obsessive ones because suddenly they weren’t important anymore. They weren’t a part of myself that I needed to be at war with or an evil entity lurking in my brain. They were just random thoughts that can be ignored. My fear was only important because I viewed it as the “other” and the “disease” versus identifying it as an emotion. Now I know that they’re just emotions and will come and go.