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Do You Catastrophize?

January 20, 2023

Do you find yourself catastrophizing? 

Humans tend to catastrophize because it is a natural response to uncertainty and potential threats.

Our brains are wired to identify and respond to possible dangers in order to protect us from harm.

But the problem is that we can often misinterpret situations as being more dangerous than they actually are.

People may have a tendency to catastrophize due to past experiences of trauma or abuse.

It can be a learned behavior. This is really common if someone grew up in an environment where negative or catastrophic thinking was modeled and reinforced. 

Many people use it as a coping mechanism so that they feel better prepared to handle the worst-case scenario.

But the truth is that catastrophizing can perpetuate feelings of depression and anxiety. 

When we are anxious and/or depressed, we are less productive and we undermine our sense of peace. 

If you think you might be a catastrophizer, you must check out today’s episode of “The OverThinker’s Guide To Joy.” You can click here or wherever you get your podcasts. 

And if catastrophizing is getting in the way of your day-to-day well-being, let’s chat! I offer a free Discovery Session to get you started, and you can schedule it by clicking here.

xo, Jackie

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