Postive what-if thoughts lead to joyful possibilities

The Positive What-if Thought

Positive what-if thoughts are the very opposite of catastrophic thoughts. What if people find something positive in me that they both like and respect? What if my boss sees my progress, my dedication, and loves my work? What if I grew as a person, not in spite of setbacks, but because of them? What if I decide to set aside my insecurities, so that they no longer limit me?

Behavioral Therapies for Anxiety

Behavior refers to what you actually do. Behavioral therapy can be conceptualized as no-nonsense, trial-by-fire, what happens when the rubber hits the road. You choose to approach, rather than avoiding, an aversive situation You hang in there, tolerating at least moderate to high anxiety, and wait for the symptoms to diminish. You thereby learn that such situations are safe and need not be avoided.

Mindfulness of Conviction

Cognitive therapy asks you to stop fixating on your thoughts and look at the evidence. But notice this: Your thoughts are not really the problem. The problem is that you believe your thoughts. You automatically grant them conviction. When you are totally believing your thoughts, that's called "cognitive fusion."

Disputing Catastrophic Thoughts

A catastrophic or what-if thought is literally a thought about catastrophe. Catastrophic thoughts seem beyond coping because they assume the worst and demand a response: What have a disease, you wreck your car, you get fired, the economy collapses, there's a nuclear war? Catastrophic thoughts both overestimate the probability of disaster and overestimate its severity.
Catastrophic Thinking

Rational Versus Catastrophic Thinking

Catastrophic thoughts present improbable disasters as inevitable. Treat these thoughts as hypotheses, rather than facts, you have already changed your relationship with anxiety. You have become more open to alternative explanations, and have you embraced evidence as the necessary tool to justify these explanations. Only after an assumption is supported by evidence does it acquire the status of a belief that supports an emotional response and guide human action. Until then, it’s best to be skeptical of "catastrophic hypotheses."

Cognitive Distortions

Thoughts and feelings are closely linked. Cognitive distortions amplify anxiety because intense feelings follow intense judgments. When your judgments are distorted, so are your feelings. When distorted judgments represent a chronic pattern of thinking, the result is a chronic predisposition to intense feelings, including anxiety.