Catastrophizing is a way of thinking called a ‘cognitive distortion.’ A person who catastrophizes usually sees an unfavorable outcome to an event and then decides that if this outcome does happen, the results will be a disaster.
Here are some examples of catastrophizing:
- “If I fail this test, I will never pass school, and I will be a total failure in life.”
- “If I don’t recover quickly from this procedure, I will never get better, and I will be disabled my entire life.”
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