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Worrying about Worst Case Scenarios

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itsmeagain

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thank you for giving me a word to explain it with!! is there anything that one can do to fight this? or is it just a matter of changing the way we think?
Change thinking leads to changes in feelings.
 
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Alexander Ypsilantis

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Sounds like the Overgeneralization cognitive distortion:

In this cognitive distortion, a person comes to a general conclusion based on a single incident or a single piece of evidence. If something bad happens just once, they expect it to happen over and over again. A person may see a single, unpleasant event as part of a never-ending pattern of defeat.
Very true. Why do those of us afflicted with Anxiety disorders think like this? Probably because we're genetically predisposed to think that way in some cases. I am, that's why I pursued an Engineering career-my brain was genetically optimized to be strong in problem solving. Problem is, the same mental strengths which are an advantage in my career work against me in my private life. I have to learn to 'turn them off' when away from work. And what makes that difficult is the second reason for GAD-many of us were raised in families with a lot of continual tension and anxiousness. So, not only is the 'hardwiring' faulty, the 'software' is faulty as well. We have the old double-whammy, which makes addressing GAD doubly hard.

But, it can be done. 'All things be ready if our minds make it so!' Henry V, by William Shakespeare
 
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We must be careful what we put out into the Universe.
You can call good stuff or bad stuff upon yourself. Positive or negative,

For instance, everyday say, 'I am a good person and I deserve this job'
Practice it.
Understand that if you don't get said job it was not meant to be.
Also understanding that in the end you will get a job.

It's a state of mind. You can strengthen it. It is yours.
Hope this helps. ✌
 
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