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).
will magnify an office rumor into a portent of doom.
also believe the cause of their problem is global--it will ruin every aspect of their lives.
The message is pretty clear: If you're a natural pessimist
you should try to do what you can to change your life for the better by trying to overcome your gloomy thoughts.
The arguments against the simplistic view that Erasmus turned into a pessimist
after 1520 (118-28 and chap.
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.
COUNTRYSIDE: My husband is an eternal pessimist
, and after reading your predictions of possible disasters, my requests for a larger rabbit herd and more garden space and basement canning shelves are falling on more favorable ears.
The present study investigated the differences in value orientations of optimist and pessimist
Based on presentations at the June 13th National Legislative Forum of the American Health Care Association (ACHA), your answer depends on whether you're a pessimist
or an optimist.