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  1. Jacknevermore
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    Worst case outcome

    What's it called when someone uses something you said, then extrapolates it to the worst possible outcome?



    Thanks.

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    Re: Worst case outcome

    Exaggerate? Twists your words? Distort the truth?

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    Re: Worst case outcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacknevermore View Post
    What's it called when someone uses something you said, then extrapolates it to the worst possible outcome?

    Thanks.
    catastrophizing

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    Re: Worst case outcome

    Assume the worst?

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    Re: Worst case outcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    catastrophizing
    Raymott, now that's definitely a great word!

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    Re: Worst case outcome

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    Raymott, now that's definitely a great word!
    Yes it is. It's used commonly in psychotherapy to describe the cognitive basis of a lot of anxiety disorders.

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    Re: Worst case outcome

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    Thank you
    You're most welcome.

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    Re: Worst case outcome

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes it is. It's used commonly in psychotherapy to describe the cognitive basis of a lot of anxiety disorders.
    Thanks. I'll be using it today.

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    Re: Worst case outcome

    Alas, I just want someone to not use that one about ME!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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