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Introduction: Adolescence is a pivotal phase characterized by cognitive and emotional development. It can also be marked by cognitive rigidity and the emergence of extremist attitudes. This study examines the impact of a counseling program designed to enhance positive thinking and reduce intellectual extremism in adolescents.
Methods: Employing a quasi-experimental design, this research encompasses pre- and post-intervention assessments, complemented by a 1.5-month follow-up period.
Results: The intervention immediately enhances positive thinking, encompassing dimensions like cognitive flexibility, optimism, positive self-acceptance, and acceptance of differences. Furthermore, it significantly reduces intellectual extremism among participants.
Conclusion: This study contributes to our understanding of adolescent cognitive development and the potential of counseling programs to shape healthier cognitive patterns. The findings underscore the need for extended follow-up research to assess the lasting impact of interventions on adolescent cognition.