To burst the bubble of gloom and despair ...
Poke holes in your theory of the world. Magnify your problems and difficulities to very big extremes.
Try to be funny and sarcastic. Ask:
- This happens ONLY to me because I'm so unique and special?
- This happens ALL THE TIME to me. Without failing? Without exceptions?
- This is an ABSOLUTE rule, something you can prove by math?
Keep looking for loopholes. Does your assumption apply to all cases, and every case?
What situations and circumstances can you exploit?