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Conversation #41: Catastraphisation

Do you watch Parenthood?  If so, last week you heard this word?  Christina (one of the moms) described it as what she does by looking into the future and imagining the worse possible scenario.  I think I do this.  I always called it worse-case-scenario planning, or just “planning” to not sound crazy, but doesn’t Catastraphisation have a better ring to it?

I always think in my mind all of the different things that could possibly happen and solutions to all of the problems.  It may be a sickness, but it gives me peace of mind.  Some examples, I always looking into the parking situation before I go somewhere new to make sure I have cash if needed.  I never check bags anymore because I assume the airlines will lose them, and I usually pack my favorite items when going on vacation.  I think about what a citizen might say when I’m call them back at work to make sure I have an answer for any angle.  I would have made a great boy scout! 

Actually, just writing all of that makes me realize I’m a little crazy.  I need to loosen up, but I don’t want to do something silly that may have a negative effect later on in life.  Basically, I just think too much!  How about you – do you suffer from Catastraphisation?

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