‘What if’ thinking, also known as catastrophic or anxiety-driven thinking, is a cognitive pattern where individuals constantly imagine and worry about negative or worst-case scenarios in the future. This type of thinking tends to focus on the “what if” questions, such as “What if I fail?” or “What if something bad happens?”
‘What if’ thinking can lead to excessive worry, anxiety, and stress. It often involves irrational fears and can prevent individuals from taking risks or pursuing their goals. People caught in this thinking pattern may find themselves stuck in a cycle of fear and avoidance.
In the context of the Mental Game Academy or mental health coaching, addressing ‘what if’ thinking often involves helping individuals recognize and challenge these anxious thoughts.