If we’re taking a small problem and blowing it way out of proportion, we’re🤯 Catastrophizing. Did you make a small mistake at work and are dreading if someone found out even though it’s nothing serious? You’re probably catastrophizing.


Often this cognitive distortion is a series of thoughts, one after the other.

I took too long to answer that interview question

Because I took too long, I'll bet I failed the interview.

Because I failed this one, I'll probably fail all interviews I get.

Because I'll fail all my interviews, I'm probably just bad at this career and I should give up.

Similar distortions

Catastrophizing is similar to 👍 Minimization of the Positive and👎 Magnification of the Negative.

Some mental health professionals call this "making a mountain out of a molehill."