PREDICTION

A statement about a future event – often based on perceived knowledge or past experience

UNDERSTANDING NEGATIVE PREDICTION

Prediction on it’s own is neither good or bad.  It’s human nature to try guess what the future may hold. However, our thinking can become misinformed & flalawd if we allow our predictions to mix with the fears and worries that hang around in the backs of our minds. If we have a propensity to be anxious, this can be further complicated as our negative prediction start to trigger our fight or flight responses

The following tools introduce the key points & to do’s to understand and keep your prediction in a healthy state

How many times have you started to fantasise about something only to find yourself getting more and more wound up? This

Key Points

  • predictions are often semi conscious so that your not consciously aware of them
  • becasue we make our own reality, your predictions will feel perfectly realistic
  • they work together with other negative thinking styles
  • at best, negative prediction can leave us in a generally negative state
  • at worst, negative prediction can trigger our own anxieties

 

 

EXAMPLE

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David Burns gives an example of how, in a therapy session, an acutely depressed medical doctor explained to Burns why he was giving up practising medicine: “I realise I’ll be depressed forever. My misery will go on and on, and I’m absolutely convinced that this, or any treatment will be doomed to failure.” This negative prediction about his prognosis caused him to feel hopeless. His symptomatic improvement soon after initiating therapy indicated just how ‘off-base’ his fortune telling had been.

at worst, negative prediction can trigger our own anxieties

David Burns gives an example of how, in a therapy session, an acutely depressed medical doctor explained to Burns why he was giving up practising medicine: “I realise I’ll be depressed forever. My misery will go on and on, and I’m absolutely convinced that this, or any treatment will be doomed to failure.” This negative prediction about his prognosis caused him to feel hopeless. His symptomatic improvement soon after initiating therapy indicated just how ‘off-base’ his fortune telling had been.

 

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