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- 1623 Henry Cockeram, Chauncey Brewster Tinker - The English Dictionarie of 1623
- ‘To end a Comedy or the like’ (Quoted in OED)
- 1947 Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, University of Michigan Research Center for Group Dynamics - Human Relations
- Particularly likely to overreact are those who tend to catastrophize (Ellis, 1962) and those who have Type A personalities (Friedman & Rosenman, 1974)
- 2001 David H. Barlow - Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders
- Another way to catastrophize is to jump to an extreme conclusion from an unimportant or irrelevant event.
- OED 2nd edition 1989 + 2004 (online)