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The fear of the future
The thought that what we are tackling will end in a disaster is a mind-killer, in which we basically assume that the future is something unpleasant.
This creates a kind of fear of tomorrow. It contradicts any rational reality, but some of us like to make an elephant from the famous mosquito.
From the mosquito to the elephant
In us, a sense of life of existential insecurity arises, and thus every event in our life is experienced as the harbinger of a terrible destruction scenario.
Some also say that it is a typical German thought to perceive the world always badly and filled by catastrophes. But in any case, as a result of the development of one 's own personality, such a mistake of thinking is like a bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy of the personality
Reorientations are virtually impossible, because we are in a kind of sacrifice, which is best described with an omnipotent impotence. We are in the sacrificial land and can not do anything about it since every attempt to get out of this condition will end up in a catastrophe.
I experience this thinking with my clients over and over again. People come to me because they are dissatisfied, but they do not want to change their own situation because they believe that the new situation would be even more catastrophic.
This thought pattern creates a sort of endless loop, from which a person can rarely free himself alone.
Resignation instead of change
There are enough examples in our everyday lives for catastrophic thinking. Take a look around or have a look at yourself.
- How many people cling to relationships that make them unhappy?
- How many keep their jobs, although they are no longer comfortable there, just because they are afraid the change could be even worse than the situation they currently endure.
The extreme forms of catastrophic thinking are transposed to the fact that past horrors or even the misfortune that has happened to others are very likely to be accepted for one's own life.
A classic example of catastrophe hunters are hypochondriacs, which make a mortal illness out of every whelp. Disaster hiding places the people into anxiety states, which make them paralyze and passively and in moments where the opposite, namely, courage and activity, is in demand.
Therefore: Have the courage to change. Also and especially in seemingly hopeless situations.
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