Jon Kabat-Zinn: ” Full Catastrophe Living”: Catastrophizing

“Some people tend to be pessimistic in the ways they explain the causes of a bad event to themselves. This pattern involves blaming themselves for the bad things that happen to them, thinking the effects of whatever happened will last a long time and will affect many different aspects of their lives. Dr, Seligman refers to this attributional style, as it is technically called, as the “It’s my fault, it’s going to last forever, it’s going to affect everything I do” pattern. In the extreme, this pattern reflects a person who is severely depressed, hopeless, and inordinately self pre-occupied. Some people call this mode of thinking catastrophizing. An example of this style night be the reaction “I always knew I was stupid, and this proves it: I can never do anything right, when you experience a failure of some kind.”

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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