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20 Aug 2005, 6:02 pm

This is another topic having to do with personality, but fear not! It's not a poll asking you to measure yourself on psychiatric criteria! Are you hopeful about the future? Do you tend to believe you can resolve the problems you are challenged with? Do you easily get down when obstacles invariably arise? I chose not to make this a poll because optimism and pessimism represent the two polar extremes of perspective. Plus, one can be very pessimistic in some ways and very optimistic in others.

As a young child (< age 5, pre-kindergarten), I was very optimistic. I remember my favorite song was "Don't Worry, Be Happy." That reflected my whole outlook on life. Pain was as distant as the moon. I remember having a lot of temper tantrums, but these were only transient. Bullying had its effect on my self-esteem after many years, though.

Today I describe myself as an optimist through pessimism. In the short term, I am a little more negativistic, but I am only hopeful for the future. Eventually, I will resolve all the problems that lie before me! I tend to believe at heart that all disagreements can be solved through calm discussion. The world would be much better without a small minority of people who start most of the trouble. I believe divisiveness is a tactic some people use to turn innocent people against each other so that they can profit from the struggle politically or materially. Ultimately, most people want the same basic things: to be happy, to see to the prosperity of their friends and family, and to learn more about their surroundings. Religious, political, national, and other allegiances are secondary to the commonality of humanity.



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20 Aug 2005, 6:16 pm

I am a pestimist in the Optimist club :-D.


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20 Aug 2005, 6:20 pm

with an offiers role... but shhh dont tell anyone


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20 Aug 2005, 8:50 pm

Pessamist - I try to be an optimist but people continually remind me that they are not to be trusted and are after their own gain - regardless of what they say . . .

I suppose I am more pessamististic than usual due to some recent events . . .



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20 Aug 2005, 8:58 pm

I believe people are not to be trusted and out for their own gain. But I'm an optimist through and through. So long as I'm free to pursue my own goals, I'm glad other people are doing the same. Until they get in my way :twisted: then it becomes a question of cost-benefit analysis. But even then, benevolence seems to be self-reinforcing.



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20 Aug 2005, 8:59 pm

You forgot realist!


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20 Aug 2005, 9:15 pm

Pessimism. Because I'm always either right or being pleasantly surprised.

Sarcastic_Name wrote:
You forgot realist!


No, he included pessimist. :P



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21 Aug 2005, 3:26 am

I'm normally optimistic. But I can be pessimistic at times.

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21 Aug 2005, 3:32 am

i'm normally pessimistic (i prefer "pragmatic", "good planner", "covers all eventualities"), but i can be optimistic.

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21 Aug 2005, 3:57 am

vetivert wrote:
i'm normally pessimistic (i prefer "pragmatic", "good planner", "covers all eventualities"), but i can be optimistic.

;)


The opposite of me... hehe, we'd make a good team:

"I think we can do it."
"No, we can't do it, it just won't work."
"You gotta have faith."
:roll: :lol:

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21 Aug 2005, 4:10 am

GalileoAce wrote:
vetivert wrote:
i'm normally pessimistic (i prefer "pragmatic", "good planner", "covers all eventualities"), but i can be optimistic.

;)


The opposite of me... hehe, we'd make a good team:

"I think we can do it."
"No, we can't do it, it just won't work."
"You gotta have faith."
:roll: :lol:

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you forgot...

*SLAP!* - no it bloody won't and that's final, so shut yer face.

not that i would EVER consider doing that, of course - i'm a FAR better manipulator than that ;)



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21 Aug 2005, 4:14 am

tehehe...

What's make you think that you wouldn't be manipulated to my way of thinking? :wink:

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21 Aug 2005, 9:40 pm

Serissa wrote:
Pessimism. Because I'm always either right or being pleasantly surprised.

Sarcastic_Name wrote:
You forgot realist!


No, he included pessimist. :P


I prefer pessi-realist. I'm a realist who realizes the world sucks.


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22 Aug 2005, 8:53 am

I'm way too optimistic for my taste. . . .figure that one out.


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22 Aug 2005, 9:04 am

I'm very much a pessimist.


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