FBO part 1: Optimism vs. Pessimism

19Mar10
Optimism vs. Pessimism

Optimism vs. Pessimism

Optimism and pessimism are both very interesting concepts. The most well known expression to explain these two words is “Do you see the glass as half full or half empty”. If you say half full then you are an optimist and if you say its half empty then your a pessimist.

Well, thanks for the factoid, Adam. Your welcome everybody. This expression definitely works but there is a lot more to it than what it portrays. For instance, if the glass was filled halfway with…lets say…your own blood, then thinking its half full would be more on the pessimistic side. Essentially, optimism and pessimism all depend on your personal view of the situation at hand.

Optimism is defined as a state of mind (keep in mind I’m paraphrasing) where one sees the world and the people who inhabit it as good. Some one who is optimistic will look to see the good things that come from any given situation. Along with that, they will believe that the outcome of an event that is unfolding will be good. Pessimism is the exact opposite obviously. A pessimist thinks everybody and everything is bad and would see only the negative aspects of any given situation.

A pessimist can be easy to spot because they will come off as gloomy and be downers at gatherings. They often shoot down ideas before even thinking about it and they tend to just be mostly sad all the time. Its almost unhealthy to be a pessimist because you can become depressed from it. Most people are somewhere between these two extremes. I’ll be the first to admit that my scale sometimes tilts towards pessimism.

Clearly I’m an optimist according to the title of my blog. Although, I continue to struggle with pessimistic thoughts but for the most part I’m an optimist.  As an optimist and since I became an optimist, I’ve found that my outlook on life is much brighter and I am a much happier person because of it. Keep in mind, though that optimism is not a choice. Yeah you can choose to think optimistic about something but optimistic thoughts are pointless unless you truly believe them yourself. Optimism is a belief.

August Burns Red: “Optimism is not a choice, It’s a belief”

Which side of the scale do you tilt to?

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Adam Groff

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One Response to “FBO part 1: Optimism vs. Pessimism”

  1. Hey Adam,

    I’m becoming an optimist. But the spiralying vortex of darkness is pulling at my feet!

    Thanks man

    Grace Freak
    Dan Rockwell


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