Catastrophising

Catastrophising is when something happens, and you immediately assume the worst-case scenario.

For example, you are running late for work. You know your boss will fire you. You messed up last week on that one email. If you lose your job, your wife is going to leave you. You can't afford an apartment on your own. You will need a roommate. What if you come home one day and he has stolen all your stuff. Then you will have nothing.

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Why Expecting the Worst is Bad For Your Mental Health

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We train ourselves to automatically assume something terrible will happen. We may think that we will be better mentally prepared.

But expecting the worst is just a way of torturing ourselves. Constantly worrying about the next problem will stop us from living and enjoying life now. We need to stop fretting about things that are not in our control. Instead, do something meaningful. Hug the children, play with the dog. Kiss your significant other.

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