There’s a concept in cognitive behavioral therapy called automatic negative thoughts. Depressed patients are so attached to negativity that when they approach a stressful situation they automatically think that something terrible will happen or that they will fail.
I believe that Cubs fans suffer from collective automatic negative thoughts. We hope for the best but prepare for the worst. And then bad things happen, validating our suspicions, and we get together on blogs and in bars to share our pain.
But the future is full of great prospects. Management is finally building a winning ball club, we’re told. If the hype turns into reality and the Cubs again find themselves five outs away from the World Series, how will you react as a Cubs fan? What thoughts will fill your head? After so much heartbreak, can you convince yourself that, on the verge of victory, disaster isn’t waiting to strike?