- prone /prohn/
- erroneously /ih-ROH-nee-uhs-lee/
- cognitive /KOG-ni-tiv/
- optimism /OP-tuh-miz-uhm/
- lurk /lurk/
[adjective] – likely to show a particular characteristic, usually a negative one, or to be affected by something bad, such as damage or an illness
He’s very prone to seasickness so he can’t travel by ship.
[adverb] – in a way that is wrong or false
They had erroneously assumed they’d finish the project within the deadline.
[adjective] – connected with thinking or conscious mental processes
Children’s cognitive processes improve as they grow older.
[noun] – the quality of being full of hope and emphasizing the good parts of a situation, or a belief that something good will happen
We’re full of optimism for the upcoming competition.
[verb] – (of an unpleasant feeling or quality) to exist although it is not always noticeable
It’s possible for a virus to lurk in a computer’s memory.
If this scenario is familiar to you, you may be prone to catastrophizing, a mental habit in which you erroneously believe that unpleasant things are more likely to happen than they actually are. Although catastrophizing can happen at any time in our lives, it can seriously harm our mental health. Cognitive behavioral therapists claim that it is possible to stop negative thought cycles regardless of the cause of your catastrophizing. The first step is to become aware of your anxiety and take a brief mental break. Recognize that you can take proactive measures to increase your chances of succeeding and that failure is a possibility rather than a guarantee. For instance, you can attempt to remember that everyone has awful interviews every once in a while; this does not imply that they are all failures. Should you fail, you can use this experience as a learning opportunity to perform better in the future. Develop a balanced point of view by assessing the situation based on the available evidence you have instead of the negative possibilities forming in your mind.
This doesn’t require mindless optimism, but all of this may be accomplished with a simple understanding of all the potential outcomes. Disaster isn’t always lurking around the corner.
- Do you overthink? What are some instances wherein you accidentally overthink things?
- Do you recognize when you are starting to feel anxious? What do you do to manage it?
- If you were in a job interview, what would you do to stop feeling anxious?
- Do you think all people can recognize when they are starting to become anxious?
- How can we develop a mindset that focuses more on facts than our negative thoughts?