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Are you an optimist or pessimist?
Optimist 15%  15%  [ 14 ]
Pessimist 39%  39%  [ 37 ]
Depends on the situation 46%  46%  [ 43 ]
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Master_Pedant
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21 Jun 2010, 9:57 pm

Orwell wrote:
As a pessimist, I am never disappointed. I am always either proven right or pleasantly surprised.


Then you're a defensive pessimist?



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23 Jun 2010, 8:56 am

Currently I'm optmistic at this moment..



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23 Jun 2010, 1:52 pm

With optimism and drive, you can accomplish anything. The optimism allows you to see forward and opens hope - your goal becomes apparent. Drive allows you to overcome all odds to achieve your goal.

Pessimism is more akin to being a fatalist (no power to change your fate). Anyone who realizes that one's future is written by one's actions, is not a pessimist. You have the power to change your future...that much is plain. You can change your health through healthful eating (of course, up to your genetic potential...), exercise, and sound sleep. Your mental state ( barring off kilter physical variables- a product of genetics - how much and in what ratios your neurotransmitters/hormones are in), can be altered somewhat,often times to a healthy degree, through plentiful exercise, healthful diet, plentiful deep sleep, and by attitude. Your economic potential is raised by educating yourself so you may be more marketable, or even better, by creating your own business...etc. The capability to alter your course is undeniable.

The way I see it:

A pessimist is a cork at the mercy of the tides. It is safe as you have no expectations of yourself. To know that you are the captain of your ship, able to buck the tides of fate through your helmsmanship, takes effort, but offers freedom. The effort is a result of drive. The drive is derived from passion. To have passion, you must be able to see an end result, or at least a clear knowledge that the path taken is the correct one. To have a clear vision of the future, coupled with the knowledge that it is reachable through your efforts, is optimism. Your ship is powered by the winds of passion, and steered by applied intelligence. The stronger your passion, the fuller your sails, and so, the faster you shall go. The more efficient your plan for the future, the more efficient the path the ship shall take. Both speed up the transit. With both in place, you may also take time to enjoy the clouds, seabirds, and the sunsets as you effectively move toward your goal. You have a firm knowledge that you are moving steadily forward, and so, your life is in perspective. Little things don't bother you (for long), and you may enjoy the process. That is the key to mental health fitness. The more you advance, the easier life becomes, and the richer the experiences. There are no dark clouds on the immediate horizon, and you have the knowledge that, with your solidly built ship, you could weather any storm.

Any one that has experienced life, already knows the feeling of winning, of accomplishment. You already know that it can be achieved through effort. You, as Aspies (my wife would disagree with my grammar, she would say I should have put "we" instead of "you" - but that is another story), have a strength. You have the capability of tremendous concentration. That is a great genetic gift. Don't concentrate on your deficits. Concentrate on your strengths. You can focus on a task and fully master it. Once you realize this, you are on the way to mastering anything you truly desire. You can outwork your competitors. Drive is THE most important component in success. You are compelled to practice your craft far beyond the limits of those with less passion. Through repetition, you will master. Through mastery, you shall find success. Nothing drives success more than success. Once you know you can master something, you know, with enough applied effort, you can master anything. Life becomes thoroughly enjoyable. You will realize the energy and strength of the gods, which in turn, allows you to drive on further and faster. That is being on a Positive Spiral. Life becomes easier and more enjoyable the higher up you go. I go into this Positive/Negative Spiral way of thinking in my Blog on my son. Should you be interested, just click on my link at my signature (OK...shameless blog plug over).

Looking at the whole picture and weighing and measuring the probabilities of negative outcomes is rational thinking (realist). To be a realist with expanded horizons, is an optimist. To not do something out of fear of possible negative consequences is pessimism - besides being plain stupid. NO - all of you self proclaimed pessimists are not stupid...it is just...you are not pessimists. There is hope in your hearts...you wouldn't be here otherwise. My heart goes out to you (Aspies - or us...as it were). Many of you don't realize the shallowness in so many NTs. Your strength lies in your earnest and straight forward thinking, depth of mind and heart, and tremendous focus. You need not be an Aspie to have a pure heart...but it sure helps :) OK...Rant over. Know that what I preach is borne of experience.


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23 Jun 2010, 6:19 pm

I'm an optimist. I try to find good in every situation I come across. It makes me feel better, because if I let myself focus on the bad parts, I get depressed. Besides, my brother is a major pessimist, so somebody in the house has to balance out his negative attitude with a positive one.



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23 Jun 2010, 9:08 pm

I'm trying to be a optimist sincerely speaking... :oops: :oops: :oops: :(