My oldest child does this. It’s hard to watch.
I do this, but not in a healthy way.
I keep thinking up and preparing for scenarios which could make me do poorly at the task, to a point where I become passive with overwhelming anxiety.
Also, while defensive pessimism has worked for me on several occasions, it had also lead me to feel really stupid if an unforeseen obstacle arises. “I should have seen it coming, I didn’t plan for this”
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