Catastrophizing

~Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.  Proverbs 4:23

 

~The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.  Luke 6:45

 

The Bible frequently refers to the human heart, the condition of the heart, and to guard or protect the heart.  Understand, when the Bible refers to “protecting your heart,” God is not referring to eating your greens.  Instead, God is referring to the human mind.  In Philippians 4, Paul writes about the “vegetables” for the mind: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”  When we intentionally focus our thoughts on the things that are good and pure, our minds produce a harvest of peace, joy, gratitude, and love.

Recently, I wrote about the cognitive distortions of Mind Reading and Fortune Telling.  I want to introduce yet another cognitive distortion- Catastrophizing.  To catastrophize is to predict worst-case scenarios.  Catastrophizing is one of the more popular distortions with the clients I see here at Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy & Counseling.  For example, I often hear a client predicting failure in a relationship when all they need to do is enhance their communication.  Or, the client is fearful of communication because their catastrophizing leads them to believe the conversation will end in disaster.  As the client continues to predict and catastrophize, they sum it up by fearing that the communication- which ends in disaster- will lead to them being alone and miserable.  AND, THEY HAVE NOT EVEN HAD THE CONVERSATION YET!

As Proverbs 4:23 reads, what we allow to wander in our head, will lead to the springs of life.  And, if that is true, we could say that what we allow to wander in our head- will lead to negative outcomes, disappointment, bewilderment, and misery.  Therefore, it is important to manage our thoughts and internal voice.  At Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy & Counseling, we take our clients’ thought processes seriously.  Our thought processes literally lead to “springs of life” or pessimism, which does not lead to joy.

If you are struggling with distortional thinking or think you might be, please contact us.  Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy & Counseling is located in Loveland, Colorado- we have an office conveniently located right across the street from Benson Sculpture Park, and we would love to work with you!

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