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    Pixie in the Playground
     
    PaladinGuy

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    Default Re: Optimism and Pessimism

    Quote Originally Posted by Glorthindel View Post
    Like anything, the healthier position is always a shade of grey somewhere in between. 'Hope for the best, prepare for the worst' is my preferred attitude.

    Pessimism in action can strangely be very liberating - my fiance is always a little perplexed with my attitude to impending problems; I always stop, go "so, what is the absolute worst that can happen here?", come to terms with how I would handle that, then go on with my day, safe in the knowledge that if the worst happens, I am prepared, and since it is very likely the worst wont actually happen, any 'lesser' consequences are perfectly acceptable to me. As long as you don't let yourself wallow in pessimism, a pro-active pessimist can have a pretty stress-free life!
    Your philosophy reminds me of a quote I heard before. "When you always expect the worst, than all surprises are good ones."
    Last edited by Tempist; 2020-08-21 at 03:33 AM.

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    Orc in the Playground
     
    RedWizardGuy

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    Default Re: Optimism and Pessimism

    Quote Originally Posted by Tempist View Post
    Your philosophy reminds me of a quote I heard before. "When you always expect the worst, than all surprises are good ones."
    It has definitely served me well this year! Despite a couple of big setbacks, I have managed to keep forging forward, to make the best of the mess (I feel that's the secret to being a good pessimist; don't let your expectations get you down, use them to galvanise yourself into action and position yourself to mitigate the expected damage).

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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
    Lizardfolk

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    Default Re: Optimism and Pessimism

    Quote Originally Posted by Glorthindel View Post
    It has definitely served me well this year! Despite a couple of big setbacks, I have managed to keep forging forward, to make the best of the mess (I feel that's the secret to being a good pessimist; don't let your expectations get you down, use them to galvanise yourself into action and position yourself to mitigate the expected damage).
    But I would argue that that isnít.. really pessimism, just being realistic. Pessimism would be expecting the bad things to happen all the time and only preparing for those? I might be wrong though.
    To be fair 2020 has somehow made me more optimistic and I have no clue why.
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