CATASTROPHIZE

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vb. the tendency to exaggerate a negative outcome without any real basis. Thoughts are already focused on the worst possible outcome as a negative consequence of one's decision or of preceding events. The tendency itself increases anxiety and further leads to maladaptive behavior.

CATASTROPHIZE: "To catastrophize means to perceive an impending outcome as already disastrous."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "CATASTROPHIZE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/catastrophize/ (accessed July 4, 2022).

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