TRY THIS: Have you ever jumped to a conclusion only to find out that you’ve overreacted? We all have! While your waiting, keep testing your assumptions. Your need for closure could be leading you to overly and needlessly negative conclusions.
THE RESEARCH SAYS: People with a high need for closure tend to jump to conclusions (Chirumbolo, A.; Livi, S.; Mannetti, L.; Pierro, A.; Kruglanski, A. June 2004).
WHEN IT HAPPENS: waiting on bonus, performance review, job offer, promotion, customer feedback, test results, meeting outcome, important announcement
COMMON REACTIONS: anxiety, uncertainty, self-doubt, rumination, sleeplessness, irritability, anger, frustration