What does it mean to Catastrophize?
Catastrophizing is a common thought distortion.
Catastrophizing simply means thinking irrationally about the worst possible outcome of an action or event. It can also involve making a very big deal out of something minor.
For example: You overslept this morning.
Your automatic thought is "The whole day is ruined! My boss is going to write me up. I'm definitely going to lose my job. I might as well not even go into work today."
That escalated quickly!
Which is a common indication of catastrophizing. If you catch yourself going from zero to ten, take a step back and question if you may be making a bigger deal than what is warranted.
Catastrophizing, like all other thinking errors, tends to ignore a lot of the facts.
But that's why they're an error. And like any other error, they can be corrected.
So how would you correct our first example?
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