awfulize

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awfulize (third-person singular simple present awfulizes, present participle awfulizing, simple past and past participle awfulized)

  1. (psychotherapy) To react dramatically or catastrophically to distressing events.
    • 2010, Michael E. Bernard, Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness: The Legacy of Albert Ellis:
      Now, when you awfulize you go beyond that and tell yourself, instead “It's horrible, awful and terrible!” You then mean several things, all of which are clearly unprovable and which any self-respecting Martian with an IQ of 100 could easily see through.