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A tendency to see or anticipate the worst.
[L. pessimus, worst, irreg. superl. of malus, bad]


Etymology: L, pessimus, worst
the inclination to anticipate the worst possible results from any action or situation or to emphasize unfavorable conditions, even when progress or gain might reasonably be expected. pessimist, n.


A frame of mind marked by loss of hope, confidence, or trust in a good outcome, even when such an outcome is likely. See: optimism

therapeutic pessimism

Nihilism (1).
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Importantly, it was also hypothesized that pessimists would give similar ratings to a target who revealed a positive incident, as optimists would give to a target who revealed a negative incident, thus replicating the finding that it is more difficult to make a good first impression when being evaluated by a pessimist even if one reveals responsibility for something positive.
Personalisation: Optimists blame bad events on external factors, whereas pessimists tend to put the blame on themselves.
Yet I increasingly think that there is indeed a fundamental two-way division in humanity, between the optimists and the pessimists.
Dienstag gives us some hints as to what he has in mind--for example, he remarks that pessimists would resist global ambitions to 'remake the world in [their] image', realizing that 'the world will hold no image at all for very long' (198)--but some more substantial treatment of such issues would be helpful, especially since Dienstag also notes that nothing should deter the pessimist from entering 'local projects' or organizing 'small portions of the world' (198).
The pessimists tended to minimize risk and make safer choices than the optimists--a trait that could work out very well in other settings, such as in the stock market, observe CMU's Bryan Gibson and Utah's David Sanbonmatsu.
WILBUR (WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF) (15): Black comedy of a pessimist so disillusioned with life that his only thought is how to end it -but who always bungles his suicide and is rescued by his overbearing brother.
One way to prevent the pessimist from doing damage is to give him as little to work with as possible.
According hi Seligman, a pessimist assumes that the problem is never-ending or "stable," while the optimist believes that file problem is "temporary.
Today, the pessimist is a hospital consultant but he's unpopular, worries constantly and has high blood pressure.
The arguments against the simplistic view that Erasmus turned into a pessimist after 1520 (118-28 and chap.
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
Doctors put the optimist in a room of manure and the pessimist in a room of toys.