Catastrophizing

Catastrophizing

In our professional and personal lives, we all face numerous uncertain situations, which are usually out of our control. We may overestimate the likelihood or the effect of our fears and anxieties. This expectation of the worst is known as Catastrophizing.

Example: A wrong email sent to your boss can trigger a panic attack about being fired, or a failed test could make one imagine dropping out of school.

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What to Do When Your Mind (Always) Dwells on the Worst-Case Scenario

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  1. Stop worrying about the future, or dwelling on the past too much, and stay in the present, as it is the only reality there is.
  2. Focus on the facts, not on the imaginative speculation in your head.
  3. Go through the worst-case scenario in your mind and try to play out the thing that you fear, and what your next action would be.
  4. Try to play out the best-case scenario in your head, understanding that it is just a child-like fantasy, just like the worst-case scenario.

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  1. Understand that life is not black or white and lies somewhere in the middle, the grey area.
  2. Get comfortable with things not being perfect all the time.
  3. Get more data or more experience about the thing you fear. The more you know something, the less fearful it becomes.

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Catastrophizing is natural in young adults as our lives are usually uncertain and unsettled till the age of 35.

Also, when we are in our 20s, our brain region of solving problems and handling uncertain situations, the prefrontal cortex, is still developing.

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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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The impending catastrophe in your mind

The worst-case scenario thinking is troublesome because it causes the very problem we're trying to prevent - an unpleasant or difficult situation.

How often does a negative thought turn into catastrophic thinking? A spot on your face becomes a cancerous tumour. Your child not attending a specific school spirals into him not getting a good job. From just entertaining an idea, it quickly turns into a worst-case scenario.

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Catastrophic Thinking: When Your Mind Clings to Worst-Case Scenarios

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Stoicism: A Primer
  • Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that has recently gone mainstream. It is a kind of premeditation that involves reframing our attitude towards external events.
  • Stoicism states that nothing is good or bad, valuable or miserable in itself, and it is our assumptions, beliefs and thought patterns that colour the world around us.
  • If we have control of our feelings, emotions and the mind in general, we would cease to be judgemental, happy or miserable.

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Do you worry too much? Stoicism can help

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