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It is a form of cognitive distortion which generally gravitates towards the negative. This happens without any justifiable cause or reason and is not based on any fact.
It is like owning a crystal ball that only predicts misery.
The basic psychology about visiting a fortune teller is that the mind is cognitively distorted and needs reassurance. When a fortune teller tells you that everything is going to be ok, the negative thoughts start to diminish.
An extreme of a cognitive distortion is believing that everything will happen according to the wishes, and would be perfect in every way.
But life can be miserable if a person is always having unrealistic expectations out of situations and people. Things are bound to go...
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