Catastrophizing: “I failed my test. Now they’ll know how stupid I am. I’ll never get into college and get a decent job.”

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Catastrophizing can lead to a very fearful, and even depressed state of mind. When any small mishap leads you to imagine a downward spiral of horrible consequences, you are likely to become overwhelmed, panicked, or despondent. And that despondence might become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Extreme self-criticism and pessimism that can cause catastrophizing often lead to depression and the deterioration of relationships.

Yet, the alternative is not a naïvite that ignores the challenges of your reality. It is important to be aware of potential dangers to be able to be prepared for the real world.

We should strive for a balance between fear and hope. That is an informed awareness.

Remember that no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and will fail at one time or another. The best thing is to learn from your mistakes, while maintaining your dignity and having faith in yourself.

by Alison Poulsen, PhD

Read “Black and White Thinking.”

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