I actually do this on a regular basis (but not regular enough to cause me constant distress). I always thought it was weird, playing out these scenarios in my head. I wondered if I was a semi-masochist.
But I love how you framed it in this article: as resilience training. Because while I do self-inflict these negative ways of thinking sometimes, I’m the friend that’s ok with talking about death, hard times, and struggles.
I like to think that’ll be beneficial to me in the long-run.
Thanks for another great article, Darius!