Some types of thinking:
- Cause worry or anxiety
- Perpetuate the fight/flight response
One type of thinking is to over-estimate the chance that negative things will happen
- One example of this type of thinking is “I will make a mistake when I’m making a speech.” How do you know that you are definitely going to make a mistake? This way of thinking only heightens the fight/flight response
Another type of thinking is over-estimating the cost of negative events
- One example of this thinking style in a work context is “If I do this speech badly, all my colleagues will think I am stupid, I will lost my job and never be respected again.” This is a catastrophic way of thinking and serves to promote anxiety.