Catastrophizing is an irrational thought a lot of us have in believing that something is far worse than it actually is. Catastrophizing generally can take two forms—Present and Presumptive.
Present Catastrophizing is making a catastrophe out of a present situation by taking that situation and giving it a truly negative “spin”.
Presumptive Catastrophizing is closely linked to the first, but it is more mental and more future oriented. This kind of Catastrophizing occurs when we look to the future and anticipate or assume all the things that are going to go wrong. We then create a reality around those thoughts (e.g. “It’s bound to all go wrong for me…”).
Far to often, we exaggerate or tell ourselves that the situation is unbearable. We also talk ourselves into anticipating the worst. Some people make even the smallest incidents into catastrophes. One thing happens and we think that nothing ever turns out right for us. We must stop magnifying the disappointments.
So how can we conquer catastrophizing? David helps us in Psalm 34.
Psalm 34:1-3, 8, 19, 22
1 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
Start with these…
- Bless the Lord at all times.
- Praise Him continually.
- Boast in the Lord.
- Magnify the Lord.
- Exalt His Name.
- Taste and see that the Lord is good.
- Trust in Him.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer