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- n. A series of thoughts or actions which feeds back into itself, causing a situation to become progressively worse. It is worse than a vicious circle, which is self-sustaining in its current state.
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Nolen-Hoeksema’s research clearly shows that this kind of thinking—which she calls depressive rumination—quickly deteriorates into a vicious downward spiral that exacerbates the severity and length of depression.
The New Rochelle area slipped into a downward spiral that bottomed out in the early 1990s, Mr. Bramson says.
When I returned to the Middle East in November 2007 to address the annual UNRWA UN Relief and Works Agency conference on assistance to Palestinian refugees, the aid workers were very clear: We either see a clear departure from the downward spiral for the Palestinians, or we see a collapse worse than anything we have seen so far.
Duncan would have felt sorry for Gordie Ballew, except for the fact that he had never tried to improve his lot, had never attempted to reverse the downward spiral that his life had been since he wormed his way out of the birth canal.
A rapid downward spiral over the airport leads to a quick “combat-style” landing complete with flares to deflect missile attacks.