Optimism and pessimism can have varying affects on people’s lives as it’s natural to lean one way or the other. On one hand, optimists tend to have a positive attitude which can lead to unrealistic expectations. On the other hand, pessimists tend to have a more negative outlook on life, which can actually be useful. While these labels both have there pros and cons, where an individual falls is usually on a scale between the two. Also, as optimism and pessimism are not hard-wired, individuals can change their thought process through a variety of techniques.
- Optimists may be shown to be happier, but there can actually be advantages to being a pessimist.
- When making assessments, pessimists tend to have a greater level of accuracy.
- When an outcome isn’t known, a pessimist will tend to assume the outcome will be negative.
“Optimists, on the other hand, may overestimate how much they can do in a short amount of time.”