Optimist or Pessimist?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Optimist or Pessimist?
Mon, 08-03-2009 - 8:38am

Are you and Optimist or Pessimist? How does one become one or the other-is it something inborn or something learned?

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Mon, 08-03-2009 - 10:54pm

I do tend to see the pessimistic aspects of things more than the optimistic ones. I think I have always been that way...

I guess I have shortened my life span as I do beleive that being optimistic (within reason) will keep you healthier!

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 08-04-2009 - 10:06pm

Aren't we all a little of both? I know I'm optimistic about some things and pessimistic about others. When I was going through a difficult depressive period a few years ago, I was a true pessimist. Which stands to reason... For the most part, though, I'm an optimist.



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Registered: 03-03-2007
Tue, 08-04-2009 - 10:12pm
Very much an optimist.


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 4:25am

I tend to slog on stubbornly, neither an optimist or a pessimist. When someone is ill, I tend to be the one who stops the pessimism and get everyone to focus on getting better.

Perhaps a friend of mine said it best a few years ago: I always believe that things will change and come out fine at the end of the day, and in the meantime I remain calm. Mind you, he has had to calm me numeroud and I was that close to punching him when he would say "It'll be alright" for the thousandth time, but once I am out of the rut it's easier to find the balance ;-)

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Registered: 01-26-2007
Fri, 08-07-2009 - 6:23pm

I would say I am definitely a glass is half full kind of girl. Then again, as time goes on I'm getting a little bit jaded with life and the pessimist in me is rearing her ugly head. It doesn't help that I'm married to one, and he tends to rub off on me sometimes.


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Registered: 02-29-2004
Tue, 08-11-2009 - 7:13am
I am melancholic-sanguine. So, I fall into both. I'm not really interesting in having a long life. Quality is more important than quantity. Besides, I don't see myself living to old age. Some of us burn out more quickly.
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Registered: 10-12-2006
Tue, 08-11-2009 - 9:26am
defensive pessimist. i expect the best but plan for the worst. i like to have all my bases covered :) it also keeps me from getting too anxious!