One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
View or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is.‘traumatic experiences can predispose people to catastrophize’
overstate, overemphasize, overstress, overestimate, overvalue, magnify, amplify, aggrandize, inflateView synonyms
- ‘Some folks tend to catastrophize events, making mountains out of molehills, or exaggerating the consequences.’
- ‘She reports that anxious parents are over-vigilant, while depressed mothers "catastrophize" minor injuries.’
- ‘Don't catastrophize, and don't let the problem leak into other parts of your life.’
- ‘In contrast, many individuals begin to catastrophize one's pain.’
- ‘People who catastrophize believe that the ache is unbearable, and that they are beyond help.’
- ‘Cognitive-behavioral therapy goals were to decrease her tendency to catastrophize and to improve her overall self-efficacy.’
- ‘While personality traits - or experiences like trauma - can predispose people to catastrophize, it is a habit of mind rather than an ingrained characteristic.’
- ‘Yes, I tend to catastrophize.’
- ‘Don't catastrophize.’
- ‘Part 1 assesses the tendency to catastrophize the consequences of negative events.’
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