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Constantly Overthinking that People May Tell Others about the Wrong Things I Say

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Hi, I have an issue where if I say the wrong thing in a conversation or what I said is incorrect, I would constantly overthink about what I said and get worried that the person may tell others about the wrong thing I said. I just can’t stand the thought of people having the wrong idea about me.

I understand that my thoughts are irrational, but I’m constantly overthinking about this.

What can I do to stop constantly thinking about this? It’s driving me mad. (From England)

Constantly Overthinking that People May Tell Others about the Wrong Things I Say

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Overthinking is the right word. It sounds like a touch of obsession and the easiest way to manage this is to find a person who does cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) who can give you strategies for confronting these irrational thoughts.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Constantly Overthinking that People May Tell Others about the Wrong Things I Say

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Constantly Overthinking that People May Tell Others about the Wrong Things I Say. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/09/15/constantly-overthinking-that-people-may-tell-others-about-the-wrong-things-i-say/
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