BRAIN FOOD: Are you suffering from... Awfulising

BRAIN FOOD: Are you suffering from... Awfulising - There are those for whom every plane trip is their last. Any pain is a terminal illness and every call from the boss is bound to be the sack. They live in a permanent worst-case scenario. Otherwise known

by HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR - helen@kirwantaylor.demon.co.uk
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

There are those for whom every plane trip is their last. Any pain is a terminal illness and every call from the boss is bound to be the sack. They live in a permanent worst-case scenario. Otherwise known as pessimists, people who awfulise have two options: high doses of anti-depressants - which will make even the biggest sourpuss cheerful - or cognitive behavioural therapy, which teaches useful tricks such as reframing. Reframing is about repeating mantras to ourselves: It could be worse; it's a growing experience; there are no such things as problems, only challenges. Instead of 'This is awful', you say: 'It would be preferable if the ship weren't sinking or I weren't being made redundant.' Repeating 'This is great' to yourself 100 times could turn you into an optimist out of boredom

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