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Old 02-02-2007, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default Are you pessimistic and if so, do you think that's a bad thing?

Personally I just consider myself a realist, but apparently I come off as a pessimist and a cynic. I've always kind of thought that was a good thing because I don't get my hopes up about things that haven't happened yet. I'm not negative about things, I'm just more of a "okay, we'll see" kind of guy.

Does anyone else get crap for being like this?
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:44 PM   #2
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you subject just made me laugh my ass off...mainly because i dont think you intended to make a funny (but it is)
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:44 PM   #3
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Would a true pessimist think that it was a good thing?

I mean, really? What kind of stupid existential question is this?
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:44 PM   #4
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Personally I just consider myself a realist, but apparently I come off as a pessimist and a cynic. I've always kind of thought that was a good thing because I don't get my hopes up about things that haven't happened yet. I'm not negative about things, I'm just more of a "okay, we'll see" kind of guy.

Does anyone else get crap for being like this?
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:44 PM   #5
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Pessimistic? I can't even be bothered to be apathetic.


An optimist is someone who thinks we live in the best of all possible worlds whereas a pessimist is someone who knows we do.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:45 PM   #6
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Yeah I do... I fall into the same category. I am what I like to think of as a realist and people think I have a bleak outlook. My motto is hope for the best prepare for the worst.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:45 PM   #7
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if you were really a pessimist, you'd think being a pessimist is bad- just like you think everything else is bad..
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:45 PM   #8
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My life is way too cushy and easy to be pessimistic about anything...
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:47 PM   #9
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Pessimist - bad, realist - ok

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Old 02-02-2007, 01:47 PM   #10
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you subject just made me laugh my ass off...mainly because i dont think you intended to make a funny (but it is)
Ditto

I'm an optomist, but that is often a bad thing.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:47 PM   #11
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I enjoy being a pessimist...

when things go wrong, I am prepared.

when things go right, I am pleasantly surpirsed.

Only optomists can be disappointed.

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Old 02-02-2007, 01:48 PM   #12
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Everything sucks
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:48 PM   #13
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Optimists are just setting themselves up for letdowns.

Realists recognize exactly how much everything sucks, and don't try to delude themselves into thinking that it's not that way.

Pessimists... don't exist. That's just a label that optimists give realists. Maybe it's to try to inflict guilt or something. I dunno.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:49 PM   #14
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Optimistically, I believe you will be at B3D.

Pessimistically, you'll bring a dude with you.

Realistically, I'm going to have to bring enough date rape drug for two, just to be safe.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:50 PM   #15
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Optimistically, I believe you will be at B3D.

Pessimistically, you'll bring a dude with you.

Realistically, I'm going to have to bring enough date rape drug for two, just to be safe.


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Old 02-02-2007, 01:51 PM   #16
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I have a sort of continual fight between the negativity inherited from my father and my mother's almost delusional optimism. I think being realistic about things is good, but I think there are very few things that we can know for certain so I think often "negative realism" really is just an indication of a deep-seated "bad attitude" - something that isn't based on rationality, just emotion.

As I've grown older, I think the optimist in me has taken hold. I've lost a lot of my youthful negativity and intolerance. I think part of this is just from experiencing the world, reading and so forth but I think part of it is just "maturity". Being financially secure helps with that, needless to say.
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I have a sort of continual fight between the negativity inherited from my father and my mother's almost delusional optimism. I think being realistic about things is good, but I think there are very few things that we can know for certain so I think often "negative realism" really is just an indication of a deep-seated "bad attitude" - something that isn't based on rationality, just emotion.

As I've grown older, I think the optimist in me has taken hold. I've lost a lot of my youthful negativity and intolerance. I think part of this is just from experiencing the world, reading and so forth but I think part of it is just "maturity". Being financially secure helps with that, needless to say.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:56 PM   #19
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You're still ornery.
Sure, but I think I come off as more ornery on the net than I actually am. Most of this is because I like discussing things and am pretty passionate about the things I choose to discuss. I don't think many people who really know me in real life would say I'm a "negative person". I'm pretty positive, in general. I'm a real "people person" - I like meeting new people, getting to know them, etc. I don't think I would have succeeded in life as I have if I wasn't.
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Old 02-02-2007, 03:26 PM   #20
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People who bash optimism don't understand what it means. They think in means expecting the future to turn out as desired. That's not true optimism. There's nothing unrealistic about optimism.

Optimism is making an effort to notice what's going right in the present. It's also knowing that whatever the future holds, chances are there will still be something worth being grateful for.

In essence optimism is being grateful for what you have instead of being bitter about what you don't.
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