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Which are you: optimistic or pessimistic?

Optimists-an outlook where one looks upon the world as a positive place. Optimists generally believe that people are inherently good. They have a "positive" outlook on life, believing that given time, things will work out in the end. A common example used to illustrate optimism is this question: given a glass that has been filled halfway, is it half filled, or half empty?

Pessimism- generally, describes a belief that things are bad, and tend to become worse; or that looks to the eventual triumph of evil over good


VotesAnswer
28Optimistic
22Both
17Pessimistic
5I don't know
4Neither


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LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 23-Apr-2005 12:41pm  
More optimistic than pessimistic. I'm relativist when it comes to that glass question, though. The glass is half empty to the wait staff that has to come around and refill customers glasses as needed. It's half empty if it was once full and got drank down. It's half full if it was empty and you filled it halfway.
I'm realistic most of the time, optimistic sometimes. When it comes to how people in general will react to situations out of the ordinary, I'm very pessimistic. I have very little faith in people's judgment.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 23-Apr-2005 12:51pm  
I'm both, although I think I tend to be a little more optimistic overall.
Biggles
posted 23-Apr-2005 12:58pm  
I'm an eternal optimist. You know, one of the really annoying ones who can see better things coming even when stuff is really bad.
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 23-Apr-2005 1:07pm  
Both. Mostly optimistic, I like solving problems and generally think they can be solved. But sometimes deeply pessimistic.
darkshadowsseeker
posted 23-Apr-2005 1:10pm  
Both...it depends on the situation.
moonstone
posted 23-Apr-2005 1:46pm  
Both at times.
bcollins
posted 23-Apr-2005 2:20pm  
A bit of both but generally more optimistic.
Amanda
posted 23-Apr-2005 3:16pm  
It depends on the situation, but most often I'm a pessimist.
dab Survey Qualifier
posted 23-Apr-2005 7:00pm  
Short term (from 5 years to 150 years depending on subject), pessimistic. Longer term, optimistic.
Iseult Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 23-Apr-2005 10:00pm  
Self-made pessimist. To guard myself from failure.
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Iseult) posted 23-Apr-2005 10:03pm  
Don't you mean from disappointment?
Zang
posted 23-Apr-2005 11:44pm  
I'm a happy cynic!  * smile *
Maarten
posted 24-Apr-2005 7:04am  
Optimistic
justjulie
(reply to LindaH) posted 24-Apr-2005 8:23am  
disappointments ONLY result from expectations. pessimists have a habit of "never" expecting a thing, you know...only the worst possible scenario. so, no expectations, no disappointments
jettles Survey Central Subscriber Survey Qualifier
posted 24-Apr-2005 8:24am  
optimism mostly.
darkroomdanny
posted 24-Apr-2005 8:27am  
Both, I usually stick to being optimistic about certain things and pessimistic about other things. I prefer being with optimistic people though, it seems to rub off!
Danger
posted 24-Apr-2005 9:05am  
I tend more toward optimistic. I find that it's a lot less stressful than pessimism.
ROCKMAN
posted 24-Apr-2005 9:49am  
I'm more optimistic for sure.
ROCKMAN
(reply to LindaH) posted 24-Apr-2005 9:56am  
> More optimistic than pessimistic. I'm relativist
> when it comes to that glass question, though.
> The glass is half empty to the wait staff
> that has to come around and refill customers
> glasses as needed. It's half empty if it
> was once full and got drank down. It's half
> full if it was empty and you filled it halfway.
> I'm realistic most of the time, optimistic
> sometimes. When it comes to how people in
> general will react to situations out of the
> ordinary, I'm very pessimistic. I have very
> little faith in people's judgment.

Good answer, I totally agree with your whole statement. I'm just not good at coming up spur of the moment with good answers like that, Thanks! * smile *
ROCKMAN
(reply to Danger) posted 24-Apr-2005 9:59am  
> I tend more toward optimistic. I find that
> it's a lot less stressful than pessimism.

Me too! It is a lot less stressful, I know from changing my whole attitude in the last 8 years or so. * smile *
Iseult Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to LindaH) posted 24-Apr-2005 11:26am  
That's what I meant.
Biggles
(reply to justjulie) posted 24-Apr-2005 11:30am  
> disappointments ONLY result from expectations. pessimists have a habit
> of "never" expecting a thing, you know...only the worst possible scenario.
> so, no expectations, no disappointments

Ah, but a true optimist wouldn't feel such disappointment. There have been times in my life when things haven't worked out the way I hoped, but rather than being disappointed I've been able to focus on what I've learned from the situation and felt content knowing that things would get better again. So, no need to meet any particular expectation to be happy, no disappointments!  * smile *

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posted 24-Apr-2005 12:12pm  
I am an optimist with some pessimistic tendancies.

I clicked both.. I have become more of an optimist as I've gotten older.
Danger
(reply to ROCKMAN) posted 24-Apr-2005 1:00pm  
Way to go!  * smile *
ElvisFan67
posted 24-Apr-2005 9:53pm  
Some of both, but unfortunately more pessimistic than optimistic.  * wry smile *
Cleo
posted 24-Apr-2005 11:38pm  
Optimistic................

Jemmy
posted 24-Apr-2005 11:41pm  
Optimistic.
BillyBobBob
posted 25-Apr-2005 1:06am  
pessimistic
iwish40
posted 25-Apr-2005 2:04am  
The Optimist sees the Donut, The Pessimist sees the hole.
ROCKMAN
(reply to Danger) posted 25-Apr-2005 4:54am  
> Way to go!  * smile *
>

Thank you!
I'd hate to see where I'd be now if I hadn't changed.
Updown
posted 25-Apr-2005 1:35pm  
I am an optimist, but I don't feel good about it. Actually I am either depending on how hungry I am, how tired I am, or whether or not I am suffering from some physical ailment. The more distress I feel the more pessimistic I get.
dwanal1
posted 25-Apr-2005 2:22pm  
I always hope for the best
bombill
posted 25-Apr-2005 10:23pm  
Optimistic, though tempered with a healthy dose of realism. People aren't always good or well-intentioned. I think most people desperately distract themselves from, among other things, all the badness they contribute to, and though that sounds pessimistic, I don't believe that makes people bad. A little sad, a little silly, maybe. Don't really fault anyone for it, as I am doing it by taking this survey. I think overall, people have made great progress and will continue to do so, though a lot of the old problems will continue to be problems for a long time.
gingersnap
posted 25-Apr-2005 10:41pm  
I was a stubborn pessimist for a long time. Then I realized it takes a lot less energy to be optimistic. Ergo, I am an optimist! (Not to be confused with optometrist)
southernyankee
posted 26-Apr-2005 3:05am  
pessimistic. Based on personal experience, people tend to suck and are basicly bad. Plus there's always Murphy's Law, you will never get half done of what you expect to get done.

That's why its such a relief everything you either accomplish something or someone doesn't try to screw you over.
southernyankee
(reply to iwish40) posted 26-Apr-2005 3:08am  
ah, but what is a someone who sees something they can wear on their sex organ



southernyankee
(reply to Biggles) posted 26-Apr-2005 3:09am  

can I borrow a dollar  * wink *
ShesNotThere
posted 26-Apr-2005 9:42am  
When I try to be an optimist, I usually end up being fake. Or pretending things are okay when I feel like they are not. I used to be more of a pessimist now I just use sarcasm.
Biggles
(reply to southernyankee) posted 26-Apr-2005 10:44am  
A dollar?
freebird
posted 26-Apr-2005 11:49am  
both unfortunately. I am becoming more and more pessimistic as the year goes on though.  * frown *
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to justjulie) posted 26-Apr-2005 12:04pm  
I used to have expectations when it came to how people would respond/react to things I did. I learned that people in general will react negatively or don't care about why you are doing what you are doing. That's why I'm pessimistic now when it comes to people in general, but optimistic or realistic when it comes to just about everything else.
Jody
posted 26-Apr-2005 1:10pm  
I try to be realistic.
southernyankee
(reply to Biggles) posted 26-Apr-2005 1:47pm  
Hey, lend me any amount you want, just as long as you're a pessemist.
autumnlight
posted 26-Apr-2005 1:57pm  
I'm more pessimistic than optimistic
Kristal_Rose
posted 26-Apr-2005 6:50pm  
I'm optomistic.

I connect with the good in people that others wouldn't generally see. Every place and person is faceted, with a different experience for every person depending upon ones karma.

I like to paraphrase Jimmy Stewart 'Ah, c'mon fellas, just because we're locked up ina cell and the Nazis are goin' to gas us tomorrow, doesn't mean we can't have a last cheery harmonica jam.'

As I see it, having a grumble in your head will manifest something like a stubbed toe to further grumble about - a vicious cycle. Negative thoughts and events should be acknowledged, but never fed or dwelled upon, or matters will become worse. They pass from person to person unless you do a sort of 'The buck stops here' disspelling of their chain of effect.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to LindaH) posted 26-Apr-2005 7:00pm  
I'm optomistic that things will work out for the best, but I don't count on any explicit event or personal promise ever bearing fruit. For those things, I only count on that which my channelling or intuition has revealed will happen. If one responds to and counts solely on the projected mechanics of the ego universe, they will become bitter.
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 26-Apr-2005 7:23pm  
So am I. I make plans for things, and if they don't happen, they don't happen.
What is the "ego universe"?
RaveDevil
posted 26-Apr-2005 11:06pm  
I used be a pessimist and it wasn't for me. I'll stick with optimism from now on. Things seem to turn out better in the long run when you have a positive view on things.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to LindaH) posted 27-Apr-2005 12:55am  
Man's intellect thinking everything is meant to go the way we plan on a mortal level without regard for higher laws like karma and such.
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 27-Apr-2005 2:11am  
If a person lives a good life and doesn't deserve bad things, then why would the laws of karma give him anything less than what he deserves?
I think if a person makes plans, and they are only dealing with things, nt people, it's easy to predict and expect that things will go as planned. If they don't, it means they screwed up somewhere. When plans involve other people, even if a person does everything right, another person can screw it up. That might explain why I am less optimistic when it comes to other people.
It's easier to expect that your new flower will grow healthy than that someone will like your painting.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to LindaH) posted 27-Apr-2005 2:23pm  
That's all mostly true. It still comes down to attitude though. The things you do with the flow in love and harmony are most predictable, except that one coasting as such isn't as likely to bother predicting. It's when fear, desperation, and insistence become preeminent that things like Murphy's Law kick in. On the other hand, pessimism conjures bad stuff too. The best formula is non-expectant optomism, appreciating the moment. In most mystic paths, both fear and desire are frowned upon; Fear is living in the past rather being objective about what is really happening at the moment; Desire is living in the future, and again not appreciating the moment. Likewise the 7 deadly sins are similar. Lust is a sin because it is a desire, never satiated, always wanting more, unlike the love it usurps which can leave one with a complete warm glow.
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 27-Apr-2005 4:23pm  
Even if you don't expect any kind of reaction, and someone still reacts negatively, it still stings, doesn't it?
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 27-Apr-2005 6:06pm  
Check out this funky room divider
http://www.acrylicore.com/images/Paravne-room-divi...
Off topic, I know, but I liked it.  * laughing out loud *
BerrieGrrl
posted 27-Apr-2005 11:21pm  
i'm an optimist...i can be cynical, but overall i'm an optimistic person.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to LindaH) posted 28-Apr-2005 3:15am  
It could, but I try not to let it, otherwise I'm just spreading more of a similar negative energy myself. Usually I can trace such negative which comes my way to something I've done or thought myself. It might be as simple as not following some channeled advice. Even within 'neutral' there's both a loving and a disdainful (or negligent) neutral.
HowardWearsDiap
posted 1-May-2005 3:57pm  
Optimistic
iwish40
(reply to southernyankee) posted 1-May-2005 6:45pm  
Horny and a very good imagination....lol
southernyankee
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 1-May-2005 6:51pm  
> I connect with the good in people that others wouldn't generally see.
> Every place and person is faceted, with a different experience for
> every person depending upon ones karma.

Oh no, I trust everyone. Its the devil inside that I don't trust.
Kristal_Rose
(reply to southernyankee) posted 2-May-2005 4:16am  
that's another way of saying the same thing. If you are nothing but an angel, you will only see angels except to the extent you take on 'outside' work, and then, who's to say that isn't also your own inner demons.
TrinityAnn2 Survey Qualifier 11 year anniversary at Survey Central today!
posted 8-May-2005 1:23am  
pessimistic because that way if your expecting and prepared for the worst, nothing can truly hurt or disappoint you
Katie_harris01
posted 9-May-2005 11:37pm  
Mostly I'm just a cynic. But in a positive way?
gambler Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 11-May-2005 7:31pm  
...........I'm more a cynical optimist
sexy1
posted 16-May-2005 12:52pm  
don't know sorry
starrpickle
posted 16-May-2005 4:44pm  
I'm a realist now, I use to be a pessimist first then an optimist now a realist not much has changed
flowershower
posted 28-May-2005 9:57am  
I don't really know. I am always being called pessimistic, but there are the odd seconds of the year when I'm something off tree-house. I honestly see the bad side of everything, but, it's not like I don't ever smile.
nonamejj18
posted 12-Jun-2005 11:08pm  
im neither
Katja144
posted 20-Jun-2005 3:01am  
Pessimistic, but like I read once somewhere, it's the better way to be "because you're either proven right or you're pleasantly surprised."
mve17
posted 29-Mar-2006 8:02am  
An optamistic pessamist..

Now is the glass half full or half empty...

eh?

eh?
trudawg
posted 1-Sep-2009 10:16pm  
everybody on this web site is a fudgen retarded peice of horse crap that needs to get a life or a fudgen job, i only went on this site to make fun of u all koz ur all homos that suck cock
trudawg
(reply to mve17) posted 1-Sep-2009 10:17pm  
bro ill smash the glass on ur head
LindaH Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 13-Sep-2009 5:47pm  
Something in here smells funny!
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