I have a problem that hinders me in several places in life where, when I believe that bad news is imminent, I take up sometimes outrageous levels of inconvenience and anti-productive behavior to avoid hearing the bad news. The reason for this is that bad news seems to impact me more negatively than other people -- I seem to have a harder time shaking it, and it seems to impact my productivity more drastically than I see in other people, once you control for how bad the news is.
How can I train myself to firstly not be so avoidant, and secondly, learn to bounce back from things better? Does anyone have experience with therapy in this area? If so, could it realistically lead to better outcomes?