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5 Ways to Avoid Catastrophic Thinking

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Catastrophic thinking simply means that an individual believes the worst. This is when someone sees an unfavorable outcome to an event and decides that if it happens, it will be a disaster.

Catastrophic thinking refers to taking a setback to the worst outcome. Catastrophic thinking is when you think backwards in a country song. You get your job back, your pick up back, and your lady back.

In the arena of athletics, negative and catastrophic thinking play a significant role. Many examples will be drawn from this area.

What is Catastrophic Thinking, exactly?

Psychology Today says that catastrophic thinking is a way of ruminating over the worst-case scenario.[1] Two common ways of describing catastrophic thinking are “making a mountain out of a molehill” and “blowing things out of proportion.”

One example is your boss making derogatory comments about your work. You then take that comment to the conclusion that he is going to fire you and you’ll never find another job, ending up homeless.

Another example is that if you fail to pass this exam, you will be dropped from the course. This course is not for you if you fail it. If you fail…



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