Catastrophising & Catastrophic Thinking
Catastrophising & Catastrophic Thinking Patterns Help Wolverhampton
Catastrophising is what we do when we take a relatively minor experience and imagine it as some sort of major disaster with all of the terrible consequences that are associated with it. A person prone to catastrophising is fairly easy to ‘spot’ as they will normally use highly catastrophic language patterns to describe benign happenings.
I’m going to be ten minutes late for work today.
Oh my God it’s the end of the World! My boss is sure to fire me for being so rubbish at time keeping.
As you can see, the resulting catastrophising has very little relationship with simply being late for work by ten minutes, which can happen to anybody of course.
Catastrophising turns the most minor social ‘faux-pas’ into a social disaster, a late arrival as a car accident and a small disagreement as a complete rejection and is clearly not helpful as these types of thoughts can only lead to negative emotional outcomes. Remember that your emotional evaluation of an experience is determined by HOW you think about it, not the event itself!
Managing Catastrophising Thoughts
Whenever you find yourself catastrophising about any event, you can try the following techniques to help you re-evaluate the situation:
Will your boss really not be that sympathetic to you being late for the first time in 14 years? After all, you always work plenty of extra hours during a normal week so the company is not really at any kind of loss. Hasn’t everybody been late for work at some point in their lives and suffered no real consequences?
Losing perspective is easy, especially if you have a tendency towards catastrophising about these types of events. Try to consider the wider range of outcomes rather than the worst case scenario every time!
Consider the Evidence
How many people have ever actually been fired for being 10 minutes late? How many times have you ACTUALLY been late this year yourself? Are your concerns based on anything that has actually happened or are you conclusions simply based on you ‘imagining’ you’ll be fired?
Try to make a decent appraisal of the actual evidence both for and against your catastrophic conclusion. People prone to catastrophising tend to ignore the evidence that contradicts their own evaluations!
The World Is Unlikely To End
Remember, no matter how much of a disaster your catastrophising leads you to believe, the world is almost certainly going to keep turning. Not only that, but even if you did lose your job, you’ll get another one and who knows where that might lead to.
Transform Your Thinking & Stop Catastrophising
If you’re committed to overcoming your catastrophic thinking style then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.
Both the CBT course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
FREE Initial Consultations for Catastrophising Problems
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your catastrophising or catastrophic thinking styles.
During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of conventional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.